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Hats off to these NICU graduates!
While the day your child leaves the NICU is a momentous day for all preemie families, neonatal nurse Melissa Jordan and her colleagues at CaroMont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia, North Carolina, make sure their patients’ last days in NICU are extra special by holding cap and gown ceremonies complete with graduation caps to mark the transition to home care.
The program was started as a way to celebrate this milestone for babies who were more than six weeks premature and spent more than a month in NICU, Jordan told Buzzfeed Health.
The preemies are presented with tiny graduation caps made out of foam sheets in a variety of colors, each with the message, “X days behind me, a whole lifetime in front of me,” with the number of days they spent in the ICU. Bella Baby Photography captured photos of many of the tiny graduates. Bella Baby Photography captured photos of many of the tiny graduates.
“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,” Jordan said.
Did your family or NICU staff mark your preemie’s homecoming in a special way?
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