Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Quilters Learn About Tiny Babies

Pine Belt Quilters first program of 2009 featured Terri Daniels of Forrest General Hospital and University of Southern Mississippi with information about the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Forrest General and how this special facility cares for premature babies struggling to survive. Terri is showing two diapers to illustrate the difference in the size of the NICU babies and a full-term baby. Pine Belt Quilters is starting a project to make isolet covers for the hospital's new unit. The inside of the covers needs to be a gray fabric to give the nurses a more true coloration of the babies' skin. The outside can be a cheerful print to give a less clinical atmosphere for the parents. Something colorful can help soften the harshness of the tubes and equipment and frightening aspects of the medical challenges facing these babies.