NICU babies celebrate Halloween with their families

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KETTERING, Ohio (WDTN) – Kettering Medical Center is making sure their babies and families in the NICU enjoy Halloween.

Nurses made hand-crafted costumes for their newborn patients. 

“We want it to feel less clinical and more like a family based unit. This is one of the special days that we can bring that fun, homie feeling to our patients and their families,” said Ginny Dalton, the Clinical NICU Nurse Manager at Kettering Medical Center.

The families want nothing more than to bring their precious babies home. 

The nurses try to make everyone feel like family. 

“We come up with the ideas (for costumes) based on the babies and what’s going on in the NICU,” said Jayna Buckingham, a NICU Nurse.

The two longest-tenured newborns were dressed as Mr. and Mrs. NICU. Another newborn was dressed up as a donut. 

The nurses have a job that extends beyond just caring for babies. During trying times, they are tasked with capturing the brightest of moments. 

“It’s also about getting to know the families and being with them throughout the whole process,” said Buckingham. 

Many of the rooms in the Kettering Medical Center NICU have posters with pictures celebrating milestones. The nurses make them so the families don’t have to worry about capturing the moment. 

“With all the stress that goes along with being here, you kind of forget the little stuff. The one month, two month, three months. Halloween and stuff. It’s easy to have it slip your mind,” said Marianne Krause, a mother. 

The nurses have been making costumes for about three years and there are no plans to stop anytime soon.

Every holiday they try to do something for the families. The parents wouldn’t have it any other way. 

“They’ve made this journey, they’ve made it feel like home,” said Krause. 

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