October is National SIDS, Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month
Did you know that October is National SIDS, Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month, dedicated throughout the world to raising awareness of infant and pregnancy loss and to honoring and remembering babies and infants who died due to miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death, SIDS and all infant deaths?
This year we will be holding events to raise awareness of infant and pregnancy loss. One of these events is our October Work Group. Much of this event will be focused on putting together bereavement packages for bereaved families in NICUs and Labor and Delivery Departments. We need volunteer support to make this happen!
How Can you Help?
1. Attend the October Work Group in Iowa City. Click here for details.
2. Make and donate items to go in packages.
Unfortunately the needs in Iowa are great. Methodist hospital in Des Moines, IA has requested yearly support for 90 fetal demises. These losses occur as early as miscarriages in the first trimester and as late as 42 weeks. We have been able to support the needs of this hospital, but still need increased support to meet the needs of many others. The goal of our Bereavement Program is to provide solace to grieving families through the provision of tiny clothing to hold their baby after his or her birth. This clothing is offered as a keepsake and another set is given for burial. A handmade memory box is also give to hold items of remembrance and serve as a symbol of their child’s life.
What Do We Need?
Our greatest needs are for handmade clothing items and mementos. You can find a list of patterns requested by the hospitals we support here.
We also need this gown pattern in soft, pastel blue, pink, yellow, purple and green (please place buttons all of the way down the front for ease of dressing the baby and ensure that there is extra length). This sleeper sack pattern is also requested. Matching hats are also helpful. We need these sized from 1lb up to 9lbs including some in soft gender neutral colors (green, yellow, etc).
We also have a new sewn pattern. You can access the directions here and the pattern pieces here. This pattern was developed based upon the needs and requests of the hospitals we support. Please see the instructions for fabric choices, etc.
Thank you for considering supporting our Bereavement program. Please contact us with questions.