November 4, 2016: Nurses Dress NICU Babies in Superhero Costumes

nicu-superheroOver the Halloween weekend and on Monday night itself you would no doubt have seen children and adults alike dressed in Superhero costumes. However, this Halloween a nurse at a North Carolina hospital wanted to make Halloween special for the tiny babies confined to the neonatal intensive care unit… and she didn’t have to look far for inspiration.

“I figured what better theme than superheroes for those little preemies that fight so hard,” Katie Windsor told TODAY. “They really are superheroes, so it was perfect.”

Windsor, 35, a registered nurse at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory, turned the tiny babies in the NICU into Superman, Batman and a host of other characters, including witches and princesses, for a series of adorable pictures.

“The parents loved it,” Windsor said. “[It] really gave them something to smile about when they are in a sad time in their life, when they’re having to go home without their babies. I think it brought them a little bit of joy.”

Windsor spent a few days creating the backgrounds from scraps of fabrics and then crocheting the capes and the witches’ hats. She also made little broomsticks for the witches.

The parents, who signed consent forms for the pics, were given Halloween cards from the staff and extra copies of the photos.

“It makes me feel good that people get to see these babies,” Windsor said. “I don’t think people think about the NICU unless they’ve had a baby that’s had to go there. I’m glad it’s bringing recognition to our NICU and what we do.”

As someone who has spent time with my own daughter inside NICU, I only have praise and admiration for nurses like Katie Windsor, who are true-life superheroes themselves.

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