Over 30 premature babies in a Kansas City NICU were treated to a very special Halloween.
The newborns were outfitted with handmade costumes and then treated to memorable photoshoots with three volunteer photographers all of whom gave birth to premature babies.
The March of Dimes and Saint Lukes Hospital of Kansas City, MO teamed up for the special occasion. March of Dimes volunteers and hospital nurses made the tiny costumes, most of which were superhero-themed.
“March of Dimes came up with the idea of making the cute costumes for our NICU babies at Saint Lukes Hospital of Kansas City. Families in the NICU may spend weeks or months here, and it can be an emotional time,” Jennifer Hamblin Robinson, marketing and communications manager for March of Dimes, wrote to Mashable.
“Providing an opportunity for them to celebrate Halloween with their little ones allows them a sense of normalcy, and to celebrate their babys first milestones, which is what every family wants to do.”
“These NICU sessions are one of my very favorite ways to volunteer with my photography,” Helen Ransom of Faces You Love Photography told Mashable.
“I love giving parents the NICU pictures I wish I’d had of my own preemies! Watching parents’ eyes light up during a time that can be so hard and taxing is amazing.”
“It’s always a little emotional capturing these types of images, but with my personal experience of my daughter being in the NICU I know just how important it is to have these photos and give the families hope,” Emmalee Schaumburg of Schaumburg Photography told Mashable.
“The NICU life is emotionally draining so the least I can do is use my talent as a professional photographer to bring some joy to these families. Seeing the different costumes that March of Dimes and Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City made was so fun! The babies are constantly hooked up to machines so posing them and dressing them isn’t really possible, especially in a costume. So what they did with these costumes was very clever! I was honored to be apart of it.”
The March of Dimes and St. Luke’s also provided the families with a Halloween card with their babys footprints, a hand crocheted pumpkin filled with candy and a Halloween book for families to read together.