Spreading Love in the Ulster Hospital Neonatal Unit this Christmas Time

29th December 2023

Dedicated Nurses in the Neonatal Unit at the Ulster Hospital have crafted handmade Christmas baubles and lovingly prepared festive stockings for babies in the unit who won’t be able to spend their first Christmas at home.

To help create a sense of festive joy for both the tiny babies and their families, the Nursing staff adorned the Neonatal Unit with twinkling lights and festive decorations. Each baby cot was adorned with a bauble, handcrafted by the nurses with care and creativity. The baubles helped bring a touch of the festive season to the unit.

The Nursing staff also prepared Christmas stockings filled with comforting items and small gifts for the babies and their families. These stockings serve as a symbol of hope during a time that can be challenging for families with babies in the Neonatal Unit.

Expressing the motivation behind this heartwarming initiative, Neonatal Unit Manager, Alison Bartlett said, “Christmas is a time of togetherness and joy and we wanted to ensure that our babies and their families feel the warmth of the season despite being in the hospital. These crafted baubles and stockings are a small token of our care and support for families during what can be a challenging time.”

Families with babies in the Neonatal Unit will be able to take home the baubles and stockings as keepsakes when they are ready to celebrate future holidays at home.