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Your first-ever Mother's Day is one to remember. For some new moms of preemies in the NICU, though, that day can be bittersweet, spent at the bedside of their babies born too soon.
This year, March of Dimes and Saint Luke's Hospital in Kansas partnered to give those moms a touching keepsake of their first Mother's Day, hiring photographers to capture bonding moments with their sweet babies.
“Mother’s Day -- especially a mom’s very first with her new baby -- can be hard for many families with children in the NICU,” says March of Dimes president Stacey D. Stewart. “Our NICU Family Support program works with Saint Luke’s Hospital and more than 100 other hospitals around the United States to offer the support families need to have the best possible experience when their baby is in the NICU. From providing the chance to build a loving bond by using the sense of touch with kangaroo [skin to skin] care, to commemorating milestones like Mother’s Day, the March of Dimes is proud to partner with hospitals like St. Luke’s to give every baby and every family a healthy, loving start.”
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Take a look at these beautiful photos - proof that a mother's love is big enough to meet any obstacle, strong enough to weather any storm.
Photo: March of Dimes/Shaumberg Photography
And though she be but little, she is fierce.
According to March of Dimes, one in ten babies in the United States is born prematurely, putting them at risk of health complications and development delays. Visit BabyCenter's Premature Babies resources to learn more, or connect with other Preemie Parents through the our site Community.
Images via March of Dimes, and photographers as credited above
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