Floyd NICU pre­emie party with Santa sched­uled for Dec. 9

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Fam­i­lies whose ba­bies were cared for at Floyd Med­i­cal Cen­ter’s Neona­tal In­ten­sive Care Unit will have a chance share their ex­pe­ri­ences with oth­ers and cel­e­brate the gift of life dur­ing a pre­emie re­union on Dec. 9.

The event will take place in the hos­pi­tal cafe­te­ria from 2 to 4 p.m. Santa Claus is sched- uled to make an ap­pear­ance, and par­ents are en­cour­aged to bring their own cam­eras or cell­phones to get pic­tures of their chil­dren with the jolly old elf.

The event will be free, and no RSVP is re­quired. Re­fresh­ments will be pro­vided.

“We are re­ally look­ing for­ward to this event,” said Konda Di­zon, NICU’s Clin­i­cal Man­ager. “We love our tiny ba­bies and it’s al­ways fan­tas­tic when we get to see them as they grow. Many of them come back and visit us pe­ri­od­i­cally, but this is just a good op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate.”

Di­zon said the party will also pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity for par­ents to get to­gether and share their own sto­ries.

“Some­times par­ents of preemies can feel iso­lated, and ev­ery ex­pe­ri­ence can be quite dif­fer­ent. This is a great chance for them to meet one an­other and find an­other layer of sup­port,” Di­zon added.

Floyd’s Level III NICU pro­vides ad­vanced care for ba­bies with se­vere or po­ten­tially life-threat­en­ing con­di­tions. Through a fam­i­ly­cen­tered en­vi­ron­ment, our NICU staff works to­gether with par­ents to of­fer the best care for ba­bies who need spe­cial­ized care af­ter birth.

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