All babies born at Bronson are given a handmade hat to help them maintain proper body temperature. A variety of sizes are needed from micro-preemie to newborn. See above Guidelines for Handmade Baby Items. Patterns
Ribbon snugglers are used in the Emergency Department and Pediatrics for infants to cuddle with and keep them distracted while they are being treated. Ribbon Snuggler Pattern
Receiving blankets, afghans and quilts are used by:
Patients place these on their walkers to hold their personal items. Walker Bag Pattern
For patients with swollen feet that are not able to wear regular socks or slippers. Slipper Socks Pattern
Angel Wraps and Gowns
These are used in Labor and Delivery for pregnancy loss (miscarriage) situations. Patterns
Slippers are used in surgery to keep children's feet warm. Sizes needed: infant to 6 years old.
The Pediatric Unit uses colorful, fun pillowcases to brighten their patient's bedding.
Bosom Buddies are knitted or crocheted prosthetic breasts for mastectomy patients. When placed in a bra, the Bosom Buddy takes the shape and feel of a real breast. They are lighter, more comfortable and less expensive than silicone prosthetic breasts. They are also called Tit Bits or Knitted Knockers. They will be offered to patients of the Bronson Breast Surgery office. Bosom Buddy Guidelines
Bronson's Bereavement Service provides support to parents coping with the loss of a baby through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth, SIDS, newborn or early infancy death. These parents have precious few tangible items with which to remember their child. One item the staff likes to give the parents is a hand knit or crocheted stuffed bear. Teddy Bear Patterns
WomenHeart, the National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, has a Heart Scarf program where all new female cardiac patients in the hospital get a red handmade scarf and information about the support group.