NICU Nurse Takes Job to Whole New Level

Giving birth to a premature baby is something no expectant parent intends or plans for. What is supposed to be one of the most joyous moments of the whole pregnancy journey becomes one of fear and anxiety as parents watch their newborn baby fight for it’s life. Premature babies often spend weeks in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit), and the thought of leaving them there often deters parents from going home from the hospital for days at a time. The process is exhausting and draining, both for parents and for their babies.


Chris and Michelle Korres were facing that very process when their son Benjamin was born two months early. After spending a solid week in the hospital with him, the two new parents reluctantly took a night off to get a good night’s sleep at home. When they returned, however, they found somethings brightly colored hanging from his IV pole. Upon closer inspection, Michelle burst into tears! Someone had created Benjamin a tiny blue cape with a big red B on it, and left it on his IV with a note that read, “To our little Superhero, love Stephanie T.”!

It turns out that “Stephanie T.” is actually Stephanie Treherne, a NICU nurse who knows just how hard the first weeks of a premature baby’s life can be. Though she had never met Michelle or Chris, she knew Benjamin from her time on staff and thought it deserved the cape. “It represents exactly how we see the babies. These babies are super strong. They fight through so much. They’re just little superheroes.” The Korreses were overwhelmed by the simple gesture of kindness and faith in their son, especially since it’s clear the cape was handmade just for Benjamin! Nurses like Stephanie make the hard journey through the NICU just a little easier with their kindness, compassion, and willingness to go the extra mile for parents and their babies!