Having a baby born prematurely is one of the scariest things a parent can experience. This is what happened to new parents, Carli and Brandon Nieder. Their daughter, Myla, was born prematurely on October 5 at only 27 weeks. She has been in the NICU ever since.
While Halloween may be the last thing on the Nieders’ minds right now, a sweet gesture on behalf of the staff at March of Dimes and St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri may mean the parents can see their newborn experience her first Halloween.
So what actually happened? Together with March of Dimes (which is an organization aimed to improve the health of babies by “preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality”), nurses and volunteers created handmade costumes for the 35 babies in the neonatal intensive care unit at St. Luke’s Hospital.
The volunteers also gave the families a footprint keepsake, a children’s book, and a pumpkin crochet. While these items may be small, they make a huge difference in the lives of parents who are struggling with the fact that their babies are in the hospital–Brandon Nieder echoed this sentiment at KMBC News:
“It means quite a bit to know somebody actually took time to make the costumes and make the treats and try to create some kind of normalcy for her being in the hospital like this.”
In addition, photographers took photos of the infants in their costumes so that parents will still be able to share and remember their baby’s first Halloween. Rebecca Keunen, of the March of Dimes, told KMBC News how kindness matters:
“It can be a difficult place to be, an emotional place, and when we can bring joy to the families, I think that makes a huge difference.”
Watch the video below to hear the Nieders speak about their experience: