Tiny outfits for Prematurity Day

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A collection of tiny knitted clothes is to be presented to the Dunedin Hospital neo-natal intensive care unit to mark International World Prematurity Day later this month.

When Riversdale Lions Club member Heather Fowler heard there was a need for tiny garments knitted or crocheted out of pure wool, she encouraged the Lions club to spring into action.

Her passion comes from being a premature baby herself and also giving birth to a premature son.

“The knitting project for our Riversdale Lions Club for the neo-natal intensive care unit at Dunedin Hospital is a very well worthwhile project to do,” Mrs Fowler said.

The club’s knitters, along with members of the community, have already produced a 35-litre container full of beanies, booties, jackets and singlets, all to fit the tiny babies.

The clothes are made to fit babies of 24 weeks’ gestation through to just under 30 weeks.

“It [the idea] was something I’d seen on TV,” she said.

Mrs Fowler was impressed with the generosity of fellow club members.

“I’m just blown away with the quality of the knitting.”

The club started the project in June and plans to continue.

The first batch of knitting is to be presented to the unit on November 17 to coincide with International World Prematurity Day, she said.

Mrs Fowler said when speaking to the neonatal unit manager she was asked to knit newborn size, with some smaller garments, as newborn size was better when babies needed to have medical equipment attached.

Mrs Fowler has the patterns needed to produce the garments.

She is also calling for further volunteers to knit for the project. Her phone number is (03) 202-5452.