Magee's Volunteer Knitters

Santa Claus isn’t the only one coming to town — he brought tiny reindeer with him, too!

On the morning before Christmas Eve, Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC dressed its newborn babies as Santa and his reindeer in handmade and hand-knitted hats and blankets to celebrate the holidays. The outfits were exclusively made by the volunteer knitters at Magee.


resized4Magee’s newborn nursery was quite the sight to see on Friday morning, with the newborn babies’ parents delightfully looking on as their new babies were festively dressed for Christmas.

resized2Dressing newborn babies around Christmastime has been a tradition at Magee for a few years now —the babies dressed in Christmas stockings in 2014 were a big hit that went viral around the globe.

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Santa, AKA Jeff Hodges, chief nursing officer at Magee, was on-hand to greet the newborns and their parents, as well as celebrate the holidays by bringing some milk and cookies in the patient lounge for all to enjoy.

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Parents spending Christmas weekend at Magee will get to take the hand-knitted hats and blankets home with them as keepsakes.

For more photos of this event, visit Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC on Facebook.

About UPMC Magee-Womens

Built upon our flagship, UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital in Pittsburgh, and its century-plus history of providing high-quality medical care for people at all stages of life, UPMC Magee-Womens is nationally renowned for its outstanding care for women and their families.

Our Magee-Womens network – from women’s imaging centers and specialty care to outpatient and hospital-based services – provides care throughout Pennsylvania, so the help you need is always close to home. More than 25,000 babies are born at our network hospitals each year, with 10,000 of those babies born at UPMC Magee in Pittsburgh, home to one of the largest NICUs in the country. The Department of Health and Human Services recognizes Magee in Pittsburgh as a National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health; U.S. News & World Report ranks Magee nationally in gynecology. The Magee-Womens Research Institute was the first and is the largest research institute in the U.S. devoted exclusively to women’s health and reproductive biology, with locations in Pittsburgh and Erie.