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 Hospital

For more than a century, UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital has provided high-quality medical care to women at all stages of life. UPMC Magee is long-renowned for its services to women and babies but also offers a wide range of care to men as well. Our patient-first approach ensures you and your loved ones get the care you need. Nearly 10,000 babies are born each year at Magee, and our NICU is one of the largest in the country. Our network of care – from imaging centers to hospital services – provides care throughout Pennsylvania and Maryland, giving you a chance to get the expert care you need close to home. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recognizes UPMC Magee as a National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, and the Magee-Womens Research Institute is the largest research institute in the U.S. devoted exclusively to women’s health and reproductive biology.