Local hospital literally wraps babies with love

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - New mother Megan Keiper is gearing up to take 3-week-old Emilyn home.

Emilyn was born 7 weeks premature at only 3 pounds seven ounces.

"We are excited and can't wait to take her home," Keiper said.

To ease both baby and mother's stay almost ten years ago Trident and Summerville Medical Center Neonatologist Dr. Art Shepard, his Mother-in-Law Mary Lou Peterson and friend Paula Wagner came up with a way to wrap up every babies stay in the Level II Nursery with a blanket.

"We wanted to do something special because the NICU did not have anything to send the babies home with," Mary Lou Peterson said.

Peterson says her life revolves around making the one of a kind blankets for the babies she calls her special angels.

"When we go away on vacation we take the blankets with us," Peterson said.

"The families love it, it just adds a comforting touch that closes the hospital stay as people go home and it gives them a warm feeling that things are going to be ok," said Dr. Shepard.

The blankets come in various colors, designs, and patterns and it takes Peterson and Wagner 8 hours to make one.

"Its wonderful to have something a little more personal," Keiper said.

Peterson says making the special blankets have not only helped touch others but it has brought healing to her own body.

Peterson and Wagner both suffer arthritis and making the blankets helps take away some of that pain.

"Its a great program and i hope we can do it as long as we can do it once we started we have never stopped," Peterson said.

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