PROJECT: CAMERON'S STORY
"Before I could touch him, before I could hold him,
I read to him"
Mission Statement:
“The goal of Project Cameron's Story is to support the bonding
of parents with their premature babies in the Neonatal
Intensive Care Unit (NICU), through the use of children's
literature and storytelling. We strive to empower parents to
form unique and profound connections with their babies within
an environment that is often uncertain and intimidating. Our
mission is to place a brand new, quality, children's book in the
hands of every parent of a premature baby upon admission to
the NICU's at Albany Medical Center, St. Peter's Hospital and
Crouse Medical Center.  We, at Project Cameron's Story, are
committed to providing information regarding the benefits of
this type of bonding and continue to seek ways to encourage
parents to utilize this as one important way to interact with
their new little one.”

Details:
The first time I ever walked into the NICU to see my baby, he
looked so fragile.  I was a very scared mom.  For a short while,
I could scarcely touch him due to the doctors and nurses
wanting to keep a “womb-like” environment.  Then while he was
on the special ventilator, I was unable to hold him.  For those
first few days, I went every day to the NICU and just sat
quietly staring at him for hours and hours. I finally decided I
needed to find a way to bond with this beautiful little boy so I
bought some picture books with lots of words in them – and I
just sat with the incubator door open and read.  I read, and
read, and read, and read.  After I became comfortable talking so
much with a scripted message (the book), I began verbally
telling stories…and then just having full out conversations with
him.  The payoff?  Cameron and I created the closest bond two
people can ever have. No matter where I was in a crowded room,
if Cameron could hear my voice, he would turn his head and look
all over just to find me.  And right to the very end, I read and
talked and told stories to Cam…those are some of the finest
moments of my life…  

The books donated will be given to parents in the NICU.  So,
when a scared new mom enters the NICU to see her baby for
the very first time…there, sitting on the incubator, will be a
beautiful new children’s book for her to have and read to her
baby and eventually take home.  It is my greatest hope that
others can be helped by Cameron’s story, that they can develop
new and powerful ways to bond with their babies.  I like to
believe that we tried desperately to give Cameron a chance.  
There are other babies who deserve that opportunity too.
Maybe, in some small way this gesture can help other families in
similar situations.
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Some of Cameron's Favorite Stories:

  • Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
  • Stellaluna
  • Love You Forever
  • Harry and the Lady Next Door
  • The Mitten
  • Where the Wild Things Are
  • Danny and The Dinosaur
  • The Giant Jam Sandwich
  • The Poky Little Puppy
  • The Little Engine that Could
  • The Gingerbread Man
  • Rainbow Fish
We are proud to provide books to the NICU's
at Albany Medical Center, St. Peter's Hospital,
Crouse Hospital, Stony Brook Hospital, UHS
Wilson Medical Center, and Golisano Children's
Hospital.  We also provide books to the Special
Care Unit at Glens Falls Hospital.