July 26, 2021

Delivering during COVID is hard … It’s nice to be celebrated and everybody wants to win a gold medal and it’s fun to incorporate the Olympics into it.

Nurse Stephanie Peterson at St. Luke’s Health System in Missouri. She crocheted around 20 gold medals for newborns born on the day of the Olympic Opening Ceremony.
  • Nurses at St. Luke's in Kansas City, MO crocheted Olympic outfits for newborn babies born on Friday to celebrate the Olympic Opening Ceremony.
  • The event was designed to encourage and uplift those giving birth amidst the pandemic.
  • The newborn "athletes," known as "Mini-Team USA," were dressed as swimmers, weightlifters, gymnasts, tennis players, and boxers. Each ensemble was completed with a gold medal and families were able to take the outfits home with them.
  • Big Picture: While many expected a baby boom following national shutdowns, the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics reported that there was a 4% decrease in births from 2019 to 2020. Around 3.6 million babies were born in 2020, marking the sixth consecutive year of a decreasing birthrate and the lowest number of births in America since 1979.

by Jenna Lee,