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Minutes of Gold

Posted: Friday, Jun 7th, 2013

Founder Carol Slaugh holds a tiny gown and bonnet made by members of her organization, Minutes of Gold.

No bigger than a minute, the clothes Carol Slaugh displays in her hands are impossibly tiny, but send a large message to their recipients.

“Our precious daughter was not sure she could face seeing her stillborn child. … Your generous gift of love gave us several hours to hold and love our Hannah wrapped in a beautifully made, soft white blanket and to see her as a sweet little baby dressed in miniature bonnet and gown. I will never be able to adequately express our thanks to all of you.”

That note from a grandmother is just one of several sent over the years to Slaugh, founder of Minutes of Gold, a group of volunteers that since 1992 has supplied more than 17,000 layettes for stillborn babies to hospitals across the country, to help maternity nurses present the children to their grieving parents.

Many of the notes come from those nurses, such as the following sent from a nurse in Portland, who explained that when a mother is admitted to the hospital, knowing the baby she has carried for months is now dead, she is told she can hold and see her child. Usually a couple’s initial reaction is to decline.

“I just want you to know that 99 percent of our parents change their minds after we have washed, diapered, dressed and bundled their babies. They reach out for their baby and burst into tears and look at us and say a heartfelt ‘thank you’! It is really you they are thanking and I want to pass that on to you,” she wrote.

As of this month, 184 hospitals receive the layettes, which include a handmade gown, bonnet, diaper, blanket, two crocheted roses and card printed with a comforting poem penned by volunteer Sonja Liles.

For the complete article see the 06-08-2013 issue.

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