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Maternity ward calls for woollen baby clothes

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The maternity ward at Palmerston North Hospital is calling for donations of knitted or crocheted woollen clothing that can be given to newborns.

​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 access for many mothers. 

A recent donation of beanies, singlets, booties and blankets from the Facebook page ‘Beanies for Babies’ was gratefully received by staff on the ward. The page is run by Palmerston North’s Elizabeth Morton who coordinates with knitters from around New Zealand to receive and distribute the knitting to New Zealand hospitals. It is these kind of items knitted in a newborn size that are desperately needed.

While there were a lot donated, the items tend to go surprisingly fast.
Palmerston North Hospital Charge Midwife Iona Cameron-Smith says that the maternity ward is grateful for anything they receive.

She said: “Every year we receive many donations of clothing from very generous people in the community. They put a lot of time and effort into lovingly knitting these clothes for the ward’s newborns, and we are very grateful for these. Unfortunately, many mothers are unable to afford warm woollen clothing, which means demand for these donated items is very high. 

“It is because of this high demand that we are appealing for any donations of knitted woollen clothing from the public. Even if you are unable to knit, donated wool can be passed on to those who can. These sorts of donations make a big difference for newborns and their parents.”

Anyone who wishes to donate knitting or wool can contact Kelly Fage on 021 659 515.

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