In addition to sharing stories about infant loss, we feel it is equally important to spread awareness about resources to help grieving parents. One of the things that has helped me greatly in my healing is finding ways to support other grieving mothers. I am a part of the TTTS Support Group, Mommy to Mommy Outreach in Columbia, SC, and I support Teeny Tears, in addition to providing Sunshine After the Storm: A Survival Guide for the Grieving Mother.

Last September I made my first donation of tiny Diapers to Teeny Tears. I knew the President/Founder of the organization (Megan) because she also lost one of her twins to Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome.  We connected through support groups for that. When I heard about her project, I thought it was just amazing. At that time, they had donated just about 10,000 diapers. Now, Teeny Tears has donated over 66,000 diapers to hospitals!

What an amazing project this is!  Teeny Tears volunteers make tiny diapers and donate them to local hospitals to provide to bereaved parents. Their mission, as stated on their website is:

Teeny Tears is a service organization that provides tiny flannel diapers at no charge to hospitals and bereavement support organizations for families that have suffered the loss of a preemie or micropreemie child through stillbirth or NICU loss.

I decided that I wanted to participate. I found out that there was a need for diapers in a NICU in our state, and I set to work. This was quite an endeavor for me!  (I was a novice at sewing!) But it brought so much healing to me, and it gives me great comfort to know that we will potentially help another family who suffered the way we did… by providing this simple token of our love.

The diapers are really so very small!  These are pictures of the teeniest.
Thanks to the ladies at my church nursery who donated material for about 96 of the larger diapers. They also traced and cut out the material so that I can sew the diapers!  My first batch was small, but I will continue to sew, sew, sew!
miscarriage and infant loss, Sunshine After the StormHere is the final product.  My 22 diapers – 11 sets of 2.  One diaper is provided to put on the baby, and the other diaper is for the Memory Box.
Grief, loss, infant lossI hope to get back to sewing them soon, and next time make a much larger donation.
You can find stories about all of the people that have donated and who it was in memory of on the Teeny Tears website. You can read Kathryn’s story here. You will also find all the information you need to participate including patterns for the diapers, blankets, and hats.
Thank you Megan for creating this amazing organization and for allowing me to be a part of it!!!

Find out more at Teeny Tears.

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