Santa visits Ascension Seton’s tiniest treasures


Santa poses for pictures with preemies, families spending Christmas in the Neonatal ICU

Jolly Old Saint Nick paid a visit to Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin (SMCA) to bring holiday cheer to parents and their babies born too early and too small in size to go home for the holidays. Babies were all dolled up in holiday outfits for their very first picture with Santa in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

 Three-day old La’nae Edwards got her first photo with Santa, nestled in his arms alongside NICU nurse and volunteer “elf” Heather Coolidge. Baby La’nae was born eight weeks premature.

“This NICU is a wonderful place,” said Briaunna Haywood, La’nae’s mom who had complications during her delivery that required an emergency C-section. “Going to the NICU sounds scary at first, but once I came in and saw the unit and nurses, my worries went away. My baby is in excellent care,” she said.

In addition to photos, volunteered their time and talents to host special activities for families experiencing their baby’s first Christmas while in the hospital.

SMCA is a Level 3 NICU, providing excellent skilled, compassionate care for our tiniest Central Texans and their families.