MEDIA COVERAGE: NICU babies at Saint Luke's dress up and celebrate Halloween with help from March of Dimes

October 30, 2019

Every day that a child is in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) can be frightening and uncertain, but holidays are especially tough, as families miss the joy of celebrations together. Babies in the NICU may have been born too soon or too small, or with a medical condition that requires intensive care.

Throughout the NICU experience, parents can be involved in their baby’s care in a variety of important ways. The March of Dimes has developed the NICU Family Support program to help support families during their baby’s time in the NICU. 

To help bring normalcy to a difficult situation, volunteers with the March of Dimes and NICU staff helped families celebrate their first Halloween with handmade, felt costumes, and had a photoshoot to remember how tiny these little ones are. The families also received Halloween books, footprint keepsakes, as well as a candy treat for mom and dad!

Read Mother Nature Network's article: "Itty-bitty NICU babies dress up for Halloween". And watch the media coverage below to see how memorable the day was at Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City's NICU.

FOX4 spoke to a mother about why she and dad chose Wonder Woman for their daughter's costume and spoke to the March of Dimes about why events like these are so important.


KMBC spoke to a family about how much this means to them to be able to celebrate Halloween, even though they are still in the hospital. 


Watch KCTV's story below. 


Watch KSHB's story below. 

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KCTV: Saint Luke's NICU Babies Celebrate Halloween
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KMBC: Saint Luke's NICU Babies Celebrate Halloween
Some of Kansas City’s tiniest babies celebrated their first Halloween dressed up thanks to the March of Dimes NICU Family Support Program and Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City.