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Textiles Club ‘bonding hearts’ help Mums and Babies at Sheffield Care Unit
Art & Textiles
Thursday 7th June 2018

On Wednesday Morning Mrs Siddall took a group of students to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Jessops Wing in Sheffield to deliver some special baby bonding hearts. As part of their extra curricular Textiles Club project, Megan, Holly, Abigail and Olivia from Year 7 with the help 6th Formers Annabel and Lucy, (who led the project as part of their enrichment programme) have been busy sewing fabric hearts to help bond parents and premature babies.

When admitted to NICU, two bonding hearts are put in each infant feeding pack given to families. Mum wears one heart next to her skin and the other one is placed next to the baby to transfer their smell on them, then they are swapped over regularly. Swapping the fabric hearts regularly can help to get mums, dads and babies used to each other’s scent during the difficult days and weeks when they are unable to hold or cuddle each other.

The idea can also help to produce the hormones needed to aid breastfeeding. The hearts can then be cherished for many years. The students had a tour of the unit and were able to chat to the parents using the hearts as well as some of the nurses working on the ward. The students are a credit to the school. More information on the project can be found on the hospital’s charity website.

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