ST. JOE Co., Ind.--- Parents of premature babies develop close relationships with the hospitals that care for them. That's why St. Joe Regional Med Center hosts a reunion every year to reunite those babies with their nurses.
The hospital's Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit or "NICU" invited families and children to an afternoon of food, games and re-connecting.
Many mothers and newborns spend weeks in the NICU as doctors monitor their development. Years later the parents of these children are still grateful to the medical professionals who helped their babies live.
“Andi and I, my husband, we were just whirling. 'Is he going to have problems?' Just so many things, it was amazing,” said Jenni Lindgren, a NICU mother. “People started praying immediately, and I felt peace.”
St. Joe Regional Med Center's NICU has 12 private rooms where parents can stay with their babies 24 hours a day.