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April 08, 2024

Nurse gifts eclipse hats to babies born at IU Health North

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Nurse gifts eclipse hats to babies born at IU Health North

By Emma Avila, epackard1@iuhealth.org, writer for IU Health’s Indianapolis Suburban Region

Cynthia Schafer, a Labor and Delivery nurse at IU Health North, created special hats to gift to babies born the same day as the solar eclipse.

When Felisha Canillas and her husband Nate found out her due date was April 8, they didn’t immediately realize it was the same day as the upcoming solar eclipse.

“People started telling us, and we liked the significance of the date,” Felisha says.

The couple came to IU Health North early that morning for Felisha to be induced, equipped with a moon outfit to match the theme. What they didn’t know is that they would also receive a special gift from one of the hospital’s team members.

Rowan Canillas was born a few minutes after Felisha’s induction in a quick and easy delivery. He weighs 7 pounds and measure 19.25 inches long.

After the delivery, the Labor and Delivery team presented the couple with a special eclipse hat, crafted by one of the nurses on the unit for babies born the same day as the solar eclipse.

Cynthia Schafer (pictured center) and IU Health North Labor and Delivery team

Cynthia Schafer creates hats for babies born on all the major holidays throughout the year. When she heard about the eclipse, she decided to create hats for the big event as well.

“It is a once in a lifetime event so we thought it would be nice to make it special,” she says.

Felisha and Nate were surprised and touched by the gesture.

“I just love that it’s a little moon and sun,” Felisha says. “I think it’s very sweet she does that. That’s a very kind, loving heart.”

Now, the Canillas family is looking forward to introducing Rowan to his big brother and sister, ages six and four. The siblings are planning on bringing him a stuffed moon toy to match the theme of his birthday.

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