Volunteers Make Diapers For Stillborns

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GRANTS PASS, Ore. — About 26,000 children are born stillborn in the U.S. every single year. Since those babies are often too small for commercial clothes, a group of local women is making diapers for the infants’ burial.

“Teeny Tears” is a nationwide project that now includes Oregon, thanks to a group of Grants Pass women from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. They are making tiny diapers for preemies and micro-preemies who die just after birth.

The women have already made 150 diapers. They are hoping to double that to meet the need of NICU’s throughout Oregon, including Rogue Regional Medical Center.

You can help by either sewing diapers and blankets or by donating flannel, white or pastel thread and #2 safety pins. Those interested in donating supplies or already made diapers, contact Gwen Owens at 541-244-1767.


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  1. Gwen Owens says:

    I just wanted to let you know that we had one woman call me and give us a donation to buy more fabric. She couldn’t sew or give fabric (lived to far away), so she gave us a monetary donation to Teeny Tears.

    Also a second woman called from Weed, California who has requested patterns and instructions about how to make the diapers. She will purchase fabric for the project. She has three other friends that she is getting involved. She is an older woman that has had a stroke and does not get on the internet. That is why I’m sending her all the information.

    We also had two different bags of fabric left on the doorstep of our church that just says “flannel for diapers.”

    I just wanted to thank you for covering this story. It’s really heartwarming to see how much our community cares about these little ones and their family.

    Gwen Owens

  2. Robin Clark says:

    Hello, I saw your project on the news, and it brought tears to my eyes. On September 21st, 1995. I found out I was pregnant. I was so excited as I had been having alot of trouble being able to carry children. Bed rest was my only option being a high risk pregnancy and all. Then on December 16th, 1995 I found out I as having twins. Wow the excitement, but before we could get to excited, we were told our Girls had a rare genetic disorder. “Prune Belly Syndrome” and if my girls completed the pregnancy we would be having children who could possibly not live to reach the age of 2. We were willing to do all we could for our babies. Shortly after on December 21st, We found out Adrianne had passed. We still chose to keep the pregnancy, and on March 22nd, 1996 I gave birth to twins Adrianne whom had passed away at 17 weeks, and Adrianna who was born at 29 weeks. She gave her first breath when she seen me, and closed her little eyes and went to heaven with her sister. It was so hard hearing all the babies crying, and the laughter in the other rooms as we wept in our room with no baby to hold. We chose for further investigation on this disease that took our Little Girls, to give permission for an autopsy. I know God brought them to us for a short time, But knowing the study of “Prune Belly Syndrome” has helped for early detection in pregnancies. Thank You for listening to our story. I personally would like to find out how to purchase these beautiful memories for my beloved angels. Feel free to call or text me at 541-778-8430, Or email me. Once again I want to express how amazing you women and men are for doing such an amazing thing for families who have lost a child. God Bless You, Sincerely, Robin Clark

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