The maternity wards at Horowhenua Health Centre and Palmerston North Hospital are calling for donations of knitted or crocheted woollen clothing that can be given to newborns, or wool that can be passed on to volunteers.
When babies are born, they are not good at regulating their 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.
Items such as singlets, booties, beanies, bonnets and blankets knitted in newborn size are desperately needed. While there are a lot donated, the items tend to go surprisingly fast. The benefits of wool over acrylic fabrics lie in the added warmth and breathability that natural fibres bring. Of course wool is more expensive than acrylic material, so any donation of wool that can be passed on to volunteer knitters would also be appreciated.
Horowhenua maternity Charge Midwife Jane Stojanovic says that the maternity ward is grateful for anything they receive.
She said: “We have an army of volunteer knitters who put a lot of time and effort into knitting clothes for the newborns here. Of course, many of these volunteers are retired and can’t afford wool as it is more expensive. Unfortunately the expense also means that many mothers are unable to afford warm woollen clothing, which means demand for these donated items is very high.
“It is because of this demand that we are looking for any donations of wool, or knitted woollen clothing. This is even more important as we head into the cold winter months.”
Anyone who wishes to donate knitting or wool can contact midwife Suzanne Treen on (06) 366 0034 or drop donations off to the maternity ward at the Horowhenua Health Centre on Liverpool Street, Levin. If a large amount of donations are received, the surplus will be passed on to the maternity ward at Palmerston North Hospital.
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