Members of Singleton Quilters have been busy lately working on a project to make items for use in the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Westmead Hospital.
Members have found this a 'feel good' project as they feel they are contributing, in a small way, to the lifesaving efforts the wonderful staff at the unit perform every day.
Items such as covers for the fluid bags used to prop the babies in certain positions, wraps for coddling and head rolls used to position and support the baby's heads.
The head rolls also provide comfort to the babies as when placed in position they feel as if they are still in the womb and settle very well.
Humidicrib covers have been another item made. These completely cover the humidicribs to keep out light that will affect the baby's eyes and also traps humidity which is needed to keep the baby's moist so they do not dry out.
There is a 'peep hole' sewn at the top of the cover to provide sight access to the baby. Parents and staff find this most useful for keeping an eye on the baby.
Quilting ladies have chosen suitable fabric to make these items and this has added a softening touch to the otherwise sterile environment of the ward.
The staff appreciate this touch as it makes it possible for them to personalise the baby's crib and makes it more like home for the parents.
This is especially important for the families with very tiny premmie babies that often celebrate 100 days in NICU before they are ready for home.
Included in their donations for Westmead NICU are some 'We Care' quilts.
'We Care' quilts are made for parents to wrap their newborn deceased baby in and then take the quilt home with them to keep as a special memory.
The quilters have donated:
- 15 Long Wraps
- 12 Square Wraps
- 8 Long Rolls
- 29 Large Case
- 58 Small Case
- 4 Quilts