Kind-hearted crafters have been busy sewing hearts to help premature babies and their parents create a special bond.
Members of the Wellgate Court Resource Centre’s Craft Club have been putting their sewing skills to the test to create 50 ‘bonding hearts’ for new-borns on the Special Care Baby Unit at Rotherham Hospital.
The hearts are made of cotton and are given to both parents and their babies receiving special care. Sharing the hand-made hearts helps families get used to each other’s scent when parents may not be able to hold or cuddle their infants. They can also help produce the hormones needed to aid breastfeeding.
Diane Wilks, Senior Support Worker at Wellgate Court, said: “We’re avid crafters at Wellgate Court and wanted to be able to do something which we find therapeutic as well as creative to give something back to our local community.
“When we heard about bonding hearts and how such a simple idea could really help parents to bond with their child we wanted to do our part to help. We’ve really loved creating these hearts, as well as a host of knitted bonnets, and we hope they are treasured by the families who use them.”
Mum Paige Saxton and baby Logan Swinney were the first to benefit from the new bonding hearts donated by Wellgate Court. The tiny tot was born 13 weeks prematurely on 18 August.
Paige, of Denaby, said: “Logan has been cared for by the Special Care Baby Unit team for 13 weeks now and although it feels really heart-breaking leaving him here when I’d love to take him home, it’s nice knowing there’s a little part of me here with him. I think the bonding hearts are a lovely idea and they are something I’ll keep in his memory box and show him when he’s older.”
Alison Cowie, Matron for Children’s Acute and Complex Care at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, added: “The bonding hearts are a really simple but effective way to help patients to bond with their baby when they are not able to hold or cuddle them in the first few days or weeks of their lives. The new additions from Wellgate Court are beautifully made and will be a real asset to the ward.”
For more information about the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity
please contact Suzanne Rutter on 01709 426821 or via Charity@rothgen.nhs.uk