Help make a difference to those that have suffered the grief of losing a baby by knitting or crocheting a Baby Angel Pocket or Blanket
Miscarriage, stillbirth and infant loss are an unfortunate fact of life and yet are rarely spoken about. Statistics tell us that in just over one per cent of pregnancies, a baby may die (including stillbirth, perinatal and infant death). And this doesn’t take account of babies that die before 20 weeks’ gestation – for which there are no official figures. Miscarriage and baby loss are common – if we haven’t experienced it ourselves, we know of someone who has.
The Sands Baby Angel Pockets & Blankets project is a way of supporting families who are experiencing the grief of losing a baby while raising awareness of the issue and letting people know that there is support available through Sands.
When families lose a baby – at any stage from an early miscarriage, stillbirth to the first few years of life – the effect is devastating and far reaching. It is a shock, a nightmare, a shattering of dreams.
Sands know from experience that these Angel Pockets & Blankets will touch the hearts of parents facing the grief of losing a baby. A small gift that carries so much warmth and love.
The Angel Pockets & Blankets are simple to make: either knitted or crocheted.
Who are Sands?
Sands was established in New Zealand in 1986 and is a national charity. They are a parent-run, non-profit organisation, entirely run by volunteers who have experienced the loss of a baby ourselves.
Sands aim is to raise awareness of baby loss so that families who go through it don’t feel isolated and alone.
How do the hand-made Angel Pockets & Blankets help?
There are many reason why the small gift of a hand-made baby blanket or angel pocket can help a bereaved family:
• The baby blanket is a connection in a very real way – a means of showing support even though you will never meet the recipient.
• Sometimes families end up in hospital in a rush without anything packed for their baby.
• The babies are treated with dignity and respect just as a live baby would be wrapped up when it is born.
• The blankets and angel pockets help hospital staff present babies to their family in a respectful way.
• The angel pockets allow parents to ‘hold’ their baby without touching their skin, which is very fragile and deteriorates quite quickly.
• A dead baby’s body starts to seep fluids shortly after death and the blankets help to ‘soak up’ some of that fluid.
• Some parents want to keep the blankets they have bought for their baby so choose to bury or cremate them in the donated blanket.
• The blankets may be kept as a keepsake. When there is very little to show for a baby, a pretty angel pocket or blanket will often be treasured forever.
Angel Pockets it takes 1 ball of yarn :-)
Click here for the Angel Pocket Pattern