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Thread: Bereavement Blankets for Newborns

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    Bereavement Blankets for Newborns

    When I started working ~5 years ago, there was a need for these bereavement blankets. They are used when tiny newborns don't survive. We take pictures of them with hats on and in these cozy blankets.

    They are made out of three 10" squares of flannel (front, back and pocket - folded in 1/2 diagonally) and ribbon for the ties. Layer: the front first, then the pocket, I usually pin the ribbons to both sides, then layer the back last. I pin all around and leave a space for turning. Watch out for those pins! Next I sew all around ~1/4" in and stitch 1/3 of the top of the pocket (catching the ribbon) from both sides and down. It will literally make a pocket for the newborn to be placed into. Lastly, I make a loop for the ribbons to slide through in the middle. Moms get to take home the pics, blanket and hat, as well as a memory box.

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    Just too sad couldn't make one
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    It is a very special thing you do. It is a beautiful blanket and I know they comfort the parents. No one wants the one memory they will have of their child to be in an ugly hospital wrap. What a thoughtful and important task you preform. Thank you.

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    This is so nice of you to do for the families that loose a child! No one can be prepared for the lose of an infant and to know that someone else cared enough to do something for them when they were in their grief means more than anyone can imagine.

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    you are truly a compassionate and thoughtful person - I admire that

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    What a kind thing to do. I am sure many people are comforted by this thoughtful gesture.

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    How do you make the hats please.?
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    You are a very special person to implement this for the parents. It is devastating to loose a child. This validates their brief memories of their precious baby.
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    That is so wonderful that you do that. We had twin grandsons that were born at 21 weeks. They didn't survive and we were given little gowns and blankets. It was a very nice gesture. I would like to make some of them to donate to the hospital where the boys were born. Thanks so much for what you do, and for the instructions so that others can do as well. You are a blessing to others.

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    ((hugs)) to you!

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