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05/15/2017 03:05 pm ET

Moms Take Emotional Photos With Their Preemies In The NICU

Saint Luke's Hospital teamed up with March of Dimes to bring some extra joy to preemie mamas.

Having a preemie in the hospital can be an emotional rollercoaster for parents. That’s why Saint Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City decided to bring a little joy to the NICU.

In honor of Mother’s Day, the hospital teamed up with March of Dimes to give moms of preemies professional photos with their babies. 

In honor of Mother’s Day, Saint Luke's Hospital teamed up with March of Dimes to give moms of preemies professiona
March of Dimes/Schaumburg Photography
In honor of Mother’s Day, Saint Luke's Hospital teamed up with March of Dimes to give moms of preemies professional photos with their babies. 

For the photo shoots, the mothers engaged in skin-to-skin bonding with their babies ― a practice that has many benefits for both parties. The photographers were also moms, some of whom previously had preemies in the NICU.

“Finding ways to spend quality time is sometimes hard to do in the NICU, where babies who are premature or critically ill are often fragile and under constant care,” notes a press release for the initiative. “Skin-to-skin care, also called kangaroo care, or holding a diapered baby against a bare chest, is recommended by the March of Dimes and health experts worldwide.”

Keep scrolling to see some sweet Mother’s Day photos of strong NICU mamas and their little fighters. 

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