Today is World Prematurity Day, a day in which groups around the world work to raise awareness about premature birth and ways to prevent it.
We recognize this important day with a photo gallery from a very special annual event held here in Dallas a few weeks ago. Shelley Wood, BS, RNC-NIC, explains:
Every two years, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas holds a “Celebration of Life” reunion for our patients, past and present.
The event is typically set up at the Tom Landry Fitness Center park to allow for a grand celebration. Parents are invited to bring their children to reconnect with staff, mingle with other families and to celebrate their children. The festivities include games, prizes, food and photos.
This event is a great way to show the hospital staff that there is life outside the NICU. It gives the staff renewed hope and encouragement that every day that we spend caring for the teeniest of patients, our efforts provide a great reward.
Shelley Wood was the 2014 Reunion Committee Chair.
UPDATE: ABC News featured the reunion in an online story. Read it here.
All photos were taken by Karen Campbell