Babies born during the holidays at the Magee-Women’s Hospital at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center are heading home with their parents in tiny stockings and knitted caps.
Parents spending their first Christmas with their babies at the Magee-Women’s Hospital, where nurses have been organizing the event for several years, got the stockings and hand-knitted hats as keepsakes, ABC reported.
Hospital staff shared on Facebook a photo of the pile of tiny hats which volunteers have knitted for the new arrivals. A message on the page read:
If you’ve walked through the Magee lobby recently, you may have noticed a group of women surrounded by construction tape. Known as the “Magee Knitters”, the group started in September 2014 with a mission to make caps for the newborn babies at the hospital.
By Tuesday, the “Magee Knitters” had produced a staggering 193 hats for the babies.
1. Newborn babies are seen bundled in tiny stockings at Magee-Women’s Hospital at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pennsylvania. Their parents can keep the stockings and hats as keepsakes.
2. The hospital has been carrying out the tradition with the help of volunteers for several years.
Hospital staff added on Facebook:
Of course, they’re always happy to welcome new members, so next time you’re in the neighborhood, swing by the Magee Knitters station!
Close to 11,000 babies are born at Magee each year, which makes up about 45 per cent of all births in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, according to the hospital’s website.
Other hospitals around the U.S. have also adopted the tradition. One of them is Kettering Medical Center in Ohio, which has been putting babies in holiday stockings for 20 years.
The Presbyterian Hospital in Albuqurque, New Mexico, has also been sending babies home in stockings for a long time — 36 years. This year, hospital staff worked on 35 stockings for newborns.
3. This year, volunteers knitted nearly 200 hats for newborns at the Pittsburgh hospital.
4. Dena Chottiner, Chris Piccioni and Bernie Koval put the finishing touches on their hats.
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