Local knitters are making sure that newborns at Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital go home snuggly wrapped up in a holiday-themed baby cocoon. Two local women, Diane Hough and Linda Palmer from Chapel by the Sea Presbyterian Church, met with the hospital’s volunteer coordinator, Celeste O’Brien, and learned that there was a need for knitted cocoons, also called baby buntings, for the newborns.
This inspired a group of 14 women to put their knitting needles to work. Those new to the skill were given instructions and guidance in learning to knit. Chapel by the Sea Presbyterian Church supplies the yarn and needles, along with the coffee, snacks and fellowship during the knitting sessions.
The church women explain that it is a joy to work in conjunction with the hospital, as both the hospital and the church benefit from this activity. Those participating are: Jan Bowen, Diane Dahlberg, Mary Grisch, Melissa Hart, Diane Hough, Lavon Lawyer, Carol Lind, Carol Morgan, Elizabeth Morrison, Linda Palmer, Roberta Porter, Wendy Post, Georgia Sherman, Barbara Sozzi and Dorothy Winchester.
The women say they will find new cocoon patterns in January and will begin teaching new stitches to embellish the cocoons.
Stephanie Welte, RN, manager of the hospital’s family birthing center, said the new mothers really appreciate the thoughtful gesture. She added that many other community members and hospital volunteers have also helped to make the birthing center more festive for new families with hand-sewn, crocheted and knitted beanie caps, crib sheets and baby blankets.
Nurses in the unit make sure the donated items are beautifully arranged in each bassinette, as a holiday gift from the community to the new mothers and babies.