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Julie is played by Dr. Smith’s office / rounding nurse Tracy Sheefel. The photo shoot was performed in front of our office. Rather than using a live baby we substituted one of our office models. The model is about the right size for an ex-preemie of Allison’s age. You can understand how Monica would think Allison was a doll…that is until she moved! Some preemies, such as Allison, are so small that when they go home from the NICU they have to wear doll clothes. The preemie-sized clothes sold in stores are just too big!

(Concept art by Dr. David A. Smith, M.D.)

The concept for this picture was to capture Julie touching Allison and fussing over her. We wanted to show their connectedness to the reader.