The Preemie Project Bereavement Division recognizes that the loss of a child is a profoundly sad experience. We seek to provide solace to families who are grieving a loss by providing bereavement remembrance items.

Items Needed for Infant Bereavement Packages

Refer to our pattern page for ideas

Christening Gowns from Wedding Dresses

NEEDED:Experienced and creative sewers who would like to turn donated wedding dresses into Christening/Baptism/Bereavement outfits. If interested in sewing gowns for The Preemie Project, please email our . Due to an over abundance of gowns received, we DO NOT need donations of wedding gowns at this time.

Bereavement Crafting Guidelines

Bereavement Garments


Yarn/Fabric Choices

Other Guidelines

Sizing a Gown or Sleeper

When sizing a gown or sleeper, please refer to our Measurements Guide. Measure the chest first, because the chest measurement places the gown in the correct size range (ie. 1-3lb, 3-5lb, etc). Once you have the correct size range, check that the sleeve length and garment length are also within that size range. A bit longer is always better than too short.

Bereavement/Christening Blankets

White, pale pink and pale blue blankets are needed for bereavement packages and occasionally for NICU baptisms/christenings. Solid color yarn only please! Sizes needed are 15 inch x 15 inch up to 36 inch x 36 inches. Light weight yarn (DK weight or lighter) is preferred. See our List of Suggested Yarns

Miscarriage Blankets

NOTE: WE are currently OVERSTOCKED with these tiny blankets.

The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Women's Health Center requests knit and crochet blankets to be given as miscarriage mementos. These should be square, no smaller than 8in x 8in and no larger than 10in x 10in. Use light weight yarn (DK weight or lighter) and gender neutral colors (white, cream, pale yellow, pale green).

Memento Bracelets

Less than 1lb and 1-3lb should be made with smaller beads and gender neutral colors (white, pale yellow, pale green). 3-5lb, 6-8lb and 9-11lb may be white, or soft pastel shades. More boy colors are always needed. Do not use bright or dark colors.

updated 9/1/2016


Upcoming Events

October 23, 2016
Infant Bereavement Division Workgroup
Coralville Public Library

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October 10, 2016
Boo In The NICU Halloween Donation Deadline
Iowa NICUs

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Dec 5, 2016
Winter Holiday Donation Deadline

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