Parents often face many obstacles and problems and some of them can turn into their worst nightmare. We all know that giving birth to a child before it’s time is very risky, but sometimes something happens to prematurely induce labor.
And as soon as this happens, it is all hands on deck to try and make sure the baby is born safely. That’s why it is always a big deal when premature babies make it out of intensive care.
One hospital started holding graduation ceremonies for the babies that are healthy enough to go home to celebrate this important milestone. The pictures of these ceremonies will probably make you smile.
At the CaroMont Regional Medical Centre, Neonatal nurse Melissa Jordan, and her colleagues are holding graduation ceremonies for babies that are born premature.
The newborns are fed, cared and loved until they are ready to go home. When the babies are finally discharged, Jordan and her staff awards them with their own personalized graduation photo and cap.
The caps they hold in are made of foam sheets and available in different colors.
Every cap comes with a heartwarming message: “X days behind me, a whole lifetime in front of me,” with the number of days they spent in intensive care.
Jordan said that she knew they wanted to make a tradition for other families. The idea became so successful that the CaroMont has started an on-going graduation program with 14 graduates so far. Three sets of twins included.
“Leaving the NICU can be joyful but also scary and nerve-wracking, so this was our way of bringing a little normalcy to taking the baby home.
“When I started the program, I called Bella Baby Photography — they take pictures of all our babies going home — and asked if they could come photograph the NICU grads, and the photographer actually offered to give these pictures to the parents free of charge.”
What an incredible idea! What do you think? Feel free to let us know by commenting below.