As a the mother of a healthy from the start almost 4 year old, and new baby, I can't imagine the fear that must go with having a child in medical distress. It is my hope that The GracieJane Project's mission is to provide a piece of comfort and tenderness in the form of mini quilts to infants staying in the neo-natal intensive care unit and their families during a time of immense stress.
I am really thrilled to be able to share this project with others and maybe even inspire some of you out there to give. I love using modern fabrics, I want these parents and little ones to know that they are not just thought of after the fact with prints that I would not use myself for a gift or for sale. I want them to feel like this is a treasure, just as their little ones are to the world.
What can you do? The hardest part of the project is of course the cost so donations are the only way I can continue. The master pattern uses 2.5"x5" cuts and so charm packs are a perfect donation and one pack can make 2 quilts. I have been backing the quilts with cream coloured flannel so they are the softest possible when coming in contact with these little babes. Batting is always useful and truthfully a jelly roll or a layer cake would be an overwhelming gift. We would also welcome donations of quilts made with the pattern on the site. Blog about us, talk about us, send me words of encouragement! Everything helps.
Our first donation was of 7 quilts on August 31st. This is the unit we will be donating to.
NEONATAL INTENSIVE CARE UNIT (NICU) - FOR PATIENTS AND FAMILIESThe NICU at St. Joseph's Health Care is the regional level III NICU program serving Southwestern Ontario. As part of the tertiary care perinatal program, we provide care for critically ill and premature newborns born at our centre and transferred in from the Level I and Level II hospitals throughout the region. The NICU is a 42-bed unit of which 26 beds are designated Level III and 16 beds are designated Level II. We care for 600-700 newborns each year in the NICU with an average length of stay of 17-18 days ( range 0->150 days). Care is provided within a developmentally supportive, family centered framework.
The NICU at St. Joseph's is part of a network of 7 tertiary care NICUs across Ontario. While our primary responsibility is to serve the region of Southwestern Ontario region, at times we are called upon to accept infants from other regions when one or more of their Level III hospitals is closed.
A huge thank you to Megan and Heather for giving this project the wings that it needs to soar.
Barbara I cannot wait to hear how it all went donating, I bet it was a very touching experience. As a mother of a sweet baby girl who initially was very sick at birth and sent to the NICU I know that a sweet beautiful quilt at her side would have eased the pain just a little bit more. Thankfully she is a healthy, stubborn and adorable 3 year old girl today. I admire the work you're doing and I encourage all of our readers to check out the GracieJane project and donate in any way that you can.