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Knitting and crochet and wedding dresses

We are often asked if we would like hats and blankets knitting for us, and would we accept donations of wedding dresses.

We provide a Remembrance Photography service only, so whilst we are *not* in a position to accept knitted & crocheted items, nor wedding dresses to be made into burial gowns, we know some folk who do.

If you have a wedding dress please consider contacting either of these two organisations, but please be aware that sometimes they have a waiting list due to storage issues:

http://www.cherishedgowns.org.uk/

http://heavenlygowns.co.uk/

If you are a knitter or crocheter, then follow these links for patterns and follow their requirements for the correct materials:

https://www.uk-sands.org/get-inv…/volunteer-sands/knit-sands

http://www.bliss.org.uk/knit-for-premature-babies

https://www.facebook.com/octopusforapreemie/

We are aware that some NICUs use Bonding Squares – these are paiirs of 5 inch by 5 inch knitted squares (any colour, design). One square is put with the poorly baby, and the other square is with the parent, and then these are swapped over daily. They are so crucial for the little superstar premature babies, poorly newborns and parents who are separated at such a stressful time.

So, please approach YOUR LOCAL NICU regarding Octupuses and Bonding Squares, and YOUR LOCAL Maternity/Labour Ward regarding knitted blankets or clothing, especially items for very small babies born too early, to ask what is needed near you. There may also be similar initiatives in local knitting or crafting groups that you could join, and other charities also requesting octopuses and providing suitable patterns.

One of our own Volunteer Photographers, Lesley Johnson, also makes Octpuses for NICU – pictured. Happy crafting, for the benefit of families in need.

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A couple’s heart-break at daughter’s stillbirth

Only two weeks after losing their baby girl Maggie, this family have plans to raise funds and awareness for the benefit of others going through similar heartache in the future. Inspiring.

We’re grateful to our Volunteer Photographer, Emma, for being able to attend.

You can read more about Maria’s and Stewart’s baby loss story by clicking HERE.

We wish Maria and Stuart comfort and healing.

 

 

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Remembering Baby ~ an Exhibition

Co-founder Nicky Heppenstall attended an exhibition this week, helping to explore baby loss and child loss and break the taboo.

“The clue is in the title – Remembering Baby – the opposite of forgetting baby, which used to be the way such loss was approached, as if that life never happened, never existed and never mattered. As a member of a club nobody expects or wants to join, the exhibits resonated with my own experience of loss and the fact that my beautiful daughter, who never took a breath, is just as big a part of my life as my living breathing children are.”

The exhibition is currently on in London and Sheffield but has been so well received that there are plans for it to travel, which it absolutely should.

The wooden boxes contain items (not originals, but similar) which mean something to a person who has suffered a loss, or to a health professional who deals with baby loss – for example, a music player whose owner is a mortuary technician who sings to the deceased babies in their care, and a music box which plays in the viewing room adjacent to the mortuary when a family come to see their lost baby; footprints, baby-grows, a lock of hair, which are more obvious mementos, a stillbirth certificate, a toy dinosaur because that was their son’s nursery theme….

A video plays (featuring actors) where health professionals (a pathologist, an obstetrician) speak about the families they meet and how they look after them and their babies “Of course you remember cases. I remember all my babies, some ones more than others.

It is clear that remembering a lost baby is incredibly important. People have attended workshops run by the team behind Remembering Baby where they have been able to explore their memories and create items that represent those memories in a tangible way. An impression scrunched into paper of a baby cardigan, framed in a box frame is so simple but so effective a way of capturing something tangible.

We sincerely hope to see this exhibition tour across the UK.

For more information about the exhibition please click HERE.

#saytheirname #breakthetaboo #stillbirth #babyloss

                                   

 

 

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Today is International Volunteer Day

We’d like to thank all of our incredible #volunteer #photographers for giving up their time and using their skill to capture special images for grieving parents. We’d also like to thank our digital retouching #volunteers for giving their time to edit both RMB and non-RMB images for the benefit of parents who cherish every pixel.

We’d like to invite you to watch a short film in which a handful of RMB volunteers talk about what moves them to do what we do.

Then we’d like to invite you to #volunteer your time and skill too – photographers and digital retouchers needed to build upon our success and meet the growing demand.

Make a difference, volunteer now, become part of something amazing.

Please visit our website to apply online to become a Volunteer Photographer or to apply to become a Digital Retoucher.

#volunteer #photographer #makingadifference #remembrance #photography #stillbirth #babyloss #IVD2017

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