There’s nothing like taking your new baby to visit Santa Claus for their very first time. However, for the newborns receiving care in the NICU, visiting old St. Nick just isn’t an option.
But, the WellStar Atlanta Medical Center came up with a brilliant solution to the NICU parents’ problem–they would bring Santa to the hospital for a special visit. WellStar Atlanta Medical Center recently held two Santa Claus events for its NICU babies and their parents.
Kris Kringle himself paid a visit to the brave little warriors in the NICU on both Dec. 4 and Dec. 10, where the hospital hosted 19 family photos. One of those families was Rachel Speer’s, who told The Huffington Post that a placental abruption forced her to have an emergency C-section on Oct. 27. Speer’s twin girls entered the NICU on the same day after they were delivered at just a little more than 29 weeks gestation.
In addition to her new set of twin girls, Speer also has 1-year-old and 3-year-old. Speer said that seeing her twins get to take photos with Santa was “great,” and that “Santa was incredibly sweet and gentle with our girls, and we loved the event.”
The hospital’s NICU Santa event was organized by March of Dimes’ employee Heidi Squires. This is her second year hosting this special event for NICU families. “The mission is to provide comfort and support to families who are in crisis,” she said. “It’s just one of the many things we do to support our families and normalize their experience in the NICU.”