Inside the NICU

Turning the NICU into Santa’s Village

Many people ask us how our Santa day comes together. They find it difficult to imagine how Santa can come and visit such small babies. And they are right to recognize that it’s difficult; it takes many, many people to make it happen, and we want to take this opportunity to say thank you to all them.

To the infection control experts who helped us figure out how to do it safely. Just because Santa occasionally wears a gown and gloves doesn’t mean he’s not Santa!

To the expert knitters and sewers who made beautiful hats and blankets for our babies.

To the lovely, lovely woman who asked if she could donate stockings (FILLED with goodies!) for all our families.

To the graduate family who donated storybooks, colouring books and hand lotion for siblings and parents.

To the graduate families who brought in delicious food for our family and staff holiday party, and who came to support our current NICU families.

To the nurses who helped us approach each family ahead of time and ask if they were interested in a Santa visit.

And again to the nurses and RTs and other team members who helped when Santa came to each baby’s room, and made it possible to take gorgeous pictures.

To our wonderful photographer, Doug, who takes such amazing pictures and creates such beautiful memories for our families.

To our delightful elves, who manage to make the whole process go smoothly and efficiently, and who rock their elf costumes like nobody’s business.

To Mrs Claus, who makes sure everyone is accounted for and keeps Santa on track.

And of course to our beloved Santa, who is not just adored when he puts on his red suit. He is the heart and the soul and the everything, and we love him.

Last but not least, to all the babies and families who dressed up and put on their best smiles. Thank you for graciously allowing us to share these photos with others. We know how hard it is to be in the hospital over the holidays, and we appreciate and admire how you find your joy even in the most difficult moments.

Happy holidays to all of you, and best wishes for 2015.

 

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Kate Robson