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To celebrate the Fourth, Cincinnati preemies treated to star-spangled tutus and bow ties

A patriotic baby at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center's NICU.

The newborns in the University of Cincinnati Medical Center's intensive care unit are decked out in their red, white, and blue best this Fourth of July, their sparkly tutus, onesies, and bow ties gifts from the March of Dimes.

Babies in NICUs — and their parents — will "spend months and holidays away from home and without any sense of normalcy," March of Dimes President Stacey Stewart told ABC News, adding that these special outfits "help NICU parents cope with the daily stress of a sick baby in the hospital."

A professional photographer took pictures of the babies in their Fourth of July outfits, and Tim and Morgan Morris, whose twins Ryan and Simeon were born June 15 at 29 weeks, said the newborns "may not remember it," but "making these memories as if they were at home with us is just as special and important for them to see years from now." The Fourth of July is extra special for the Morris family — Tim and Morgan were engaged on the Fourth three years ago. Catherine Garcia