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This week's reflection

I believe the second half of one's life is meant to be better than the first half. The first half is finding out how you do it. And the second half is enjoying it.

Frances Lear

Santa helps celebrate World Prematurity Day at Grey Nuns Hospital

November 18, 2015

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Heather Peter gets her photo taken with Santa at the Grey Nuns NICU's Preemie Day celebration.

The World Prematurity (“Preemie”) Day celebration at the Grey Nuns Community Hospital is filled with laughter and Christmas cheer as Santa Claus poses for photos with babies born prematurely at the hospital this year.

“Preemie Day here is a fun way to acknowledge the difficulties parents of premature babies face and to celebrate the health of their babies,” Senior Director of Operations of Women’s and Child Health Gail Cameron says. “The parents are so proud of how well their babies are doing now, and it’s great to see so many families supporting each other.”

As they have done for five years, the Grey Nuns staff put in a lot of effort and volunteer their time to ensure the celebration is memorable for babies and parents alike. They treat families to snacks, a festively decorated gymnasium complete with a Christmas tree and fireplace and face painting. Around 200 people, including 70 babies, took part this year.

But Preemie Day isn’t just about the babies, Gail explains. “It’s also a way for families to meet and for parents to reconnect with the staff who cared for their babies in the hospital.”

Between January and September 2015, there were 6,964 babies delivered at the Grey Nuns and Misericordia Community Hospitals, with 558 being admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit due to preterm births or medical complications. Worldwide, about one in ten babies are born preterm.

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