When babies are born prematurely, hospital caregivers matter more than ever.
Not only are they there to support new parents as they discover the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, they are a lifeline to the babies themselves. As a result, there’s a whole lot of bonding that takes place as the caregivers take on a more significant role in the newborn’s life. In some cases, the parents, baby and staff all start to feel like one big family.
That’s why Sunnybrook held something called a Preemie Picnic on Sunday, where caregivers can reunite with the families they supported. Caretaker Sharon Jones, for example, really wanted to see the twins she had supported for months in the hospital. They had been born about two months early, and weighed only 2 pounds each.
“Sharon helped us out in the hardest moment of our lives,” the father said, as mom held back tears.
“They are beautiful. We did an excellent job,” Jones replied.
Nathalee Ewers, now 20 years old, was expected not to be able to walk, talk or even hear after she was born via emergency C-section at 30 weeks. Fortunately, with the help of Sunnybrook’s staff, she developed just fine.
“I play sports. I’m doing well, like anyone else. It’s incredible,” she said.
To see the rest of the heartwarming reunions, check out the video above.