NICU Babies Were Dressed Up In Halloween Costumes To Make Their First Halloween Special

"Baby's first Halloween is a day they'll want to remember and celebrate."

Halloween is a holiday for the whole family to share, and there is no reason to pass up the festivities even if a family has a baby in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). 

To help those with preemies in NICU, March of Dimes — an organization dedicated to helping moms deliver full-term babies and assist those who deliver premature ones — is creating Halloween memories as part of their NICU Family Support Program at Saint Luke's Hospital. 

Volunteers from the organization recently visited the Kansas City hospital to help families with critically ill children take a moment to enjoy Halloween.


They prepared costumes for NICU babies, and professional photographers volunteered their services to take photos of the little trick-or-treaters.

Courtesy of March of Dimes/Sally Morrow Photography

The preemies were dressed up like Batman, Wonder Woman, Captain America, ladybugs, butterflies, and more.

Courtesy of March of Dimes/Sally Morrow Photography

The parents were given the photos so they would have a happy keepsake to remember their little one's first Halloween.

Rebecca Keunen, March of Dimes/ NICU Family Support Coordinator, said in a press release, "Every day a child is in the NICU can be frightening and uncertain, but holidays are especially tough, as families miss the normal joys of celebrations at home. Baby's first Halloween is a day they'll want to remember and celebrate and March of Dimes is here with them at Saint Luke's to help."

Courtesy of March of Dimes/Sally Morrow Photography

March of Dimes reports that in the United States, one out of 10 babies is born too soon and the premature birthrate is higher here than in most other high-resource nations. As the babies grow and become healthy, programs like this help families form memories and offer a reprieve from the serious situation.

Courtesy of March of Dimes/Emmalee Schaumberg

NICU babies frequently get dressed up for Halloween, but there are programs that help families celebrate other holidays. Last year, March of Dimes helped parents celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa by dressing little ones up in themed outfits.

Furthermore, CaroMont Health in North Carolina helps babies commemorate their "graduation day" by dressing them up in caps and gowns.


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