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Members of All Saints' Knitting Group have been busy producing many little bonding squares and little colourful hats used by parents, carers, and hospital staff in the care of new-borns, particularly of premature babies.
Bonding squares are small pieces of soft material, knitted or crocheted. These squares can be used to encourage bonding between mums/carers and their babies, through sensory perception. Skin-to-skin contact is the most effective way to bond with a new-born baby. This can usually be done immediately after birth but sometimes this is not possible. In these cases, mums/carers can use bonding squares. Using these squares could also improve mums’ supply of breast milk.
Bonding squares have been supplied to the Luton and Dunstable Hospital, and Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham, while the hats will be sent to Dreamland Mission Hospital in Kimilili, near Mount Eldoret on the Kenyan/Ugandan border.
Find out more about the Knitting Group here.