Awesome Hospital Organizes Graduation Ceremonies For Premature Babies Leaving Intensive Care

At CaroMont Regional Medical Center in North Carolina, some very special mini-ceremonies are taking place – honoring and celebrating the lives of premature babies. Once the newborns are about to leave the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), they get a personalized graduation cap and a portrait.


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“It’s just for babies born at 34 weeks of gestation or earlier… when they leave it’s a huge accomplishment not only for the baby but parents as well,” Melissa Jordan, a nurse at CaroMont Regional Medical Center told Buzzfeed. “The program was started as a way to celebrate this milestone in the babies’ lives.”

Jordan was inspired to do this after spending time with a vulnerable baby who was born just at 29 weeks. “The day he got discharged, we gathered staff and we went in singing and dancing and gave him his cap — and his parents just smiled ear to ear — that’s when we knew it was something we wanted to keep doing for other families,” Jordan said.

“Leaving the NICU can be joyful but also scary and nerve-wracking, so this was our way of bringing a little normalcy to taking the baby home,” Jordan said.

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At CaroMont Regional Medical Center in North Carolina, some very special mini-ceremonies are taking place…

Image credits: Bella Baby Photography

The graduations that honor and celebrate the lives of premature babies

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Image credits: Bella Baby Photography

Once the newborns are about to leave the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)…

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Image credits: CaroMont Health

They get a personalized graduation cap and a portrait

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Image credits: Bella Baby Photography

“The program was started as a way to celebrate this milestone in the babies’ lives”

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Image credits: Bella Baby Photography

A nurse got inspired to do this after spending time with a vulnerable baby who was born just at 29 weeks

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Image credits: Bella Baby Photography

“The day he got discharged, we gathered staff and we went in singing and dancing and gave him his cap…”

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Image credits: CaroMont Health

“And his parents just smiled ear to ear — that’s when we knew it was something we wanted to keep doing”

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Image credits: Bella Baby Photography

“Leaving the NICU can be joyful but also scary and nerve-wracking…”

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Image credits: Bella Baby Photography

“So this was our way of bringing a little normalcy to taking the baby home”

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Image credits: Bella Baby Photography

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