NICU Babies Dress to Impress This Halloween

Nurses at Children's Hospital of Illinois made dozens of costumes for patients

PEORIA, Ill. - Some tiny patients at OSF Healthcare's Children's Hospital of Illinois weren't left out of all the Halloween fun Tuesday.

"I want them to look back and say 'Our first Halloween was fabulous even though we were in the NICU.'" Registered Nurse, Sarah Miller, says.

More than 50 babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit were dressed as princesses, trolls, dragons, and mermaids. All of the costumes were handmade by the nurses who are part of the "Making Memories Committee."

"Every nurse put their time, their free time, their effort into it, there's been a touch of love in every piece." Miller explains.

Families also received a booklet, with footprints and other milestones, to document their baby's first Halloween.

"Premature birth is a traumatic event, a lot of parents suffer because of it. Mothers are more highly susceptible to getting Postpartum Depression. So my goal is to make happy memories that they can look back and say you know we were dealt a very bad hand but we made the best of it." Miller says.

The committee is also planning a "Thankful Tree" at Thanksgiving and NICU graduation ceremonies, complete with tiny graduation caps.

"You know I want them to feel like they're family with us that we care about them and their babies. You spend way too much time with us and we take care of your heart while you're away and I want you to feel comfortable with it and I think it's kind of the goal of the committee." Miller says. 


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