Thursday, June 13, 2013

Baby Clothes

In the U.S. I taught childbirth classes for more than 20 years.  When I arrived here I had classes in Spanish to the ladies here.  However, with the opening of the clinic, my time has been working at the clinic.  However, when new mommies come in with their babies, I've given them small amounts of clothes, but have had to hold off because of my lack of supplies.  When I went back to the U.S. on my sneaky trip to visit my friend for her nursing graduation, I was gifted clothes from two sweet friends, Amy Henry, and Annette Christensen.  So...I spent the last two days organizing and preparing the clothes for our medical brigade.  Dr. Greg will be bringing an ultrasound, and after their appointment, I'm going to bring them into the clothes closet and they can select what clothes they want for their newborn babies.  They also will be given disposable diapers and cloth diapers.  It is mandatory for moms to take a layette to the hospital to have their babies which includes diapers, maternity pads, clothing, socks, a hat, and a blanket.  If they do not have their layette with them, they are not allowed to hold their babies until fully clothed.  So, this gift of a layette will be a huge blessing to these extremely poor women.

4 comments:

tinita said...

Oh was a big help to them and Im calling all graduated mommies to give your baby stuff to the owner of this blog. See what a big help to others.

Thanks.

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amarshall said...

Erin, as a new mother I am very touched by this post. I would love to organize a drive to collect onsies for you here in Illinois, but I first want to make sure it is ok, and also, is this the most beneficial way to help? Please contact me at shiloh_hollow_farm@yahoo.com and let me know how I can help! Thanks!

La Gringa said...

Oh, that is brutal! The nurses don't allow mothers to hold their babies unless they bring clothes to the hospital? What if their delivery timing was unexpected?

This is so kind of you. I'm sure that the mothers will remember this kindness forever. Do you need more baby clothes?

Missionary, Mother, Wife, Nurse said...

Yes, it is a very interesting "requirement" in Honduras. If you have an emergent delivery, you call relatives or friends to bring in the required clothing. We just had a medical brigade where we did almost 80 ultrasounds, 2/3rd of which were pregnancies. I had the soon to be moms come in and choose clothes for their soon to be babies. It was such a HUGE blessing for these ladies. I'm always looking for newborn sized clothing - onesies, receiving blanket, hat, socks, disposable diapers, cloth diapers.