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MidCentral DHB held a morning tea today to recognise the generosity of the many knitters who responded to the call for knitted goods: blankets, singlets, cardigans, beanies and booties for babies born at Palmerston North Hospital.

​The response to the call for donations has been overwhelming, with hundreds of items flooding in on a weekly basis. To say thank you to the kind people who donate, a morning tea was held in the boardroom at Palmerston North Hospital today.

While the knitters were meant to be there to be rewarded, staff were pleasantly surprised to see them turn up with even more bags of woollens to donate.

MDHB Chief Executive Kathryn Cook said: “It’s wonderful to see the level of generosity in our community. This means babies in our region will get a warm start to life thanks to the talents of the knitters in our wonderful region. This is particularly important for our premature babies being cared for in our neonatal intensive care unit. It also means all babies are going home with woollen clothing and blankets, when needed.

“I talked to many of these kind people and they had some great ideas on how we could make this easier going forward. One of the common themes was that wool is quite expensive, so we will be looking at ways to help make it cheaper for the knitters. If any people or companies in our community are able to donate wool, it would be gratefully received.”

Nearly 100 knitters attended the celebration, with some having been knitting for newborns for over a decade. Representatives from both the maternity ward and neonatal unit were also on hand to say thank you.

Due to infection control standards, the woollen clothing has to go home with the baby, so new clothing is always needed. If you wish to donate wool or knitted garments, this can be done at the Maternity Resource Centre, 568 Ferguson Street, Palmerston North.

Why is wool required?

When a baby is born, it is not able to regulate its own body temperature, which in a worst case scenario can lead to hypothermia and admission to the Neonatal Unit. Wool is the warmest and safest material for newborns and can help prevent the babies’ temperature from dropping too low, but it is often too hard to access for many mothers.

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