For Love of Aaron and the Slaugh Babies

"When we made our first delivery of care packages to a hospital, there was a mom there at that moment, who had lost a baby at 14 weeks and had to have a D&C. We took out a few of the items from the stillbirth memory bags, and had the Labor and Delivery nurses take it to her. I figured that all hospitals work like that, with people checking in L&D for care packages, but a few weeks later at a diaper party, my friend Angela asked why her friend who had just had a miscarriage didn't get anything? We realized that we'd need to make specific miscarriage packets, and take them to the Emergency Room and Same Day Surgery areas of the hospitals.

I think that there is a huge need for support packets to give those who are unable to hold their babies, and don't even have that precious time with their angels to remember. I wanted to put things inside ours that might not be included in other miscarriage packets, and I'm glad that we included a bear for empty arms, handkerchief for tears- with a lovely homemade card, a journal for the not always pretty thoughts, and an informational article and resource list for them. The article/ resource list were posted by a mom who had lost a baby herself, and is now working with the Atlanta Birth Center to help others who have suffered a miscarriage, http://www.atlantabirthcenter.org/2012/10/miscarriage-a-pain-like-no-other/. I also included a few local people/groups with that.
These diapers and packets are donated in memory of the Angela Slaugh's babies, who though never held, are loved and missed. The donation card is shared with another baby from our church group, who will be honored in a later "Small Town Sewers" Post :)
Along with this delivery, we also added to the memory boxes that we had delivered to these hospitals in November. With many people's generous donations- of talents and money, we were able to give actual boxes for the memory boxes (instead of the bags we used before), and include some new items. Now the parents can have something more durable to have their keepsakes in. We also changed around the way they work, because I read that a parent loved being able to "shop" for the Teeny Tears Diapers. Instead of the memory boxes being very gender/age specific, we now put the miscellaneous items in the box (bear, ornament, journal etc), then we put all of the same age-range clothing items in one place, so the parents can choose their favorites, before adding them to the box. Hopefully this will make it more manageable. (picture of box)
We hope that with these new items and packets, the angel parents in our small towns will be even better served than before!"

Carrie Austin
Small Angel Babies, Small Town Support
http://thisdayofbliss.blogspot.com/p/small-angel-babies-small-town-support.html