Sunnybrook Hospital
Sunnybrook Hospital

Each year, thousands of families are unable to celebrate the holiday season in their own home. Instead, they are faced with spending the holidays in a hospital, watching over their premature baby in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. This Christmas, two NICU nurses at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto tried to spread a bit of holiday cheer to one preemie baby, Anya.

The veteran nurses, Marieneth Montenegro and Lisa Sampson, can be seen serenading the baby, who lies in an incubator surrounded by tubes and wires. Anya can be seen wearing a knit Santa Claus hat as the nurses sing “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” with one nurse resting her hand on the baby. As they sing, Anya’s vital signs begin to change on the monitor behind her.

According to CBC Toronto, the two nurses serenade their tiny patients in order to calm them. “Babies love voices, and they love singing, and it’s something we try to encourage,” parent coordinator Kate Robson said. In addition to hearing the voices of their parents and nurses, human touch can also play a vital role in the development of preemie babies. According to Robson, “Human touch is the best medicine for babies” as it provides a sense of comfort and security.

When asked why they decided to create the video of the nurses singing the Christmas carol, Robson said, “I wanted people to see what loving care looks like” in the NICU.

Anya, who was born Dec. 11, is expected to be home early 2017.

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