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Hospital’s new photo service captures baby’s first moments

Bolingbrook, IL – A professional photography service now being offered at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital offers parents the opportunity to capture their newborn’s first moments in high-quality, photojournalism-style portraits.

Bella Baby Photography, a Naperville-based business, uses natural window light, professional-grade digital cameras and experienced photographers to take natural photos of newborn infants held in their parents’ arms or cuddled in one of their own baby blankets in their hospital room. As a gift to the new parents, Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital provides the sitting for free. Parents and loved ones can purchase photos if they choose.

“For generations what we all know as the hospital newborn photo – the standard headshot of a baby with pink or blue back drop – was standard.  I don’t think anyone ever questioned it until now,” said Kelly Billington, founder of Bella Baby Photography. “We don’t want the babies to look frozen and posed.  We like them to look natural, held in the arms of their moms or dads or cuddled in their first baby blanket.  Parents just love the concept and the photojournalistic style of capturing their first moments with their new baby.”

Parents can view and order their photos the day they are taken; a password-protected Web site offers access to friends and family.

Large framed prints of Bella Baby Photography pictures taken at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital decorate the hospital’s maternity ward. The new hospital, which opened in January, will add more photos as babies are born.

“When you explore the enlarged baby photographs decorating the halls of the maternity unit and realize that they are our babies – each a little miracle born at our hospital – it creates a powerful connection to our mission,” said Kathy Mitchell, chief nursing officer at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital.

Photos are printed in a high-quality professional lab that optimizes each photo using the latest in digital printing technology and the finest professional photo paper. Birth announcements, holiday cards, thank-you notes and prints of various sizes are available.

Lisa Young loves the photos of her baby girl Ava Grace Young Medina, born March 13 at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital. Her favorite, which she used for birth announcements, is a shot of Ava laying on her chest, with Lisa resting her head on the baby’s head.

“I was very happy with the poses and all the picture options,” said Young, who lives in Lockport. “These photos are way more professional and far more intimate than typical hospital baby pictures.”

The service also is offered at two other hospitals in the Adventist Midwest Health system, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital.

For more information, visit or call (888) 455-7826.


Adventist Midwest Health includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital.  To find a physician, visit