FIRTH — Firth High School students presented 18 bereavement kits to the director of the Women's Center at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls Thursday.
These kits will be given to families whose baby died before birth, said Janice Anthony, the Family and Consumer Science teacher at FHS.
Included in each kits is a kimono, a nine-patch blanket and a knitted hat. The kimonos are sewn in varying sizes for the different sizes of the babies.
Students in Anthony's Fashion Design classes made these kits and used looms to knit 43 hats.
"These kits will be given to families who have suffered a loss, so they need to be perfect," Anthony said.
"Students had to practice putting in an inset sleeve and making a placket on the garment," she said. "This is sewing with a purpose."
"I would want something like this for my baby," said FHS sophomore Michelle Santos. "I imagined how a mom might feel at that moment."
FHS junior Jasmine Santos said, "It felt good giving something to someone."
Nationally, one baby out of every 115 pregnancies is stillborn, said Trish Anderson, director of the Women's Center at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls. This statistic is for a pregnancy that is greater than 20 weeks. The average length of a woman's gestation is 39 to 40 weeks.
"We have about the same statistic in Idaho and in Southeastern Idaho," Anderson said.
"Mothers really appreciate these gifts," she said. "Families are not anticipating loss."
"Each month, 125 to 150 babies are born at EIRMC," said Anderson.
FHS freshmen Katie Kirby and Ariana Trejo are using this project for their Students Taking Action with Recognition (S.T.A.R.) event project with the Family Consumer Science organization called Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA).
Asked how she became interested in this project, Katie said, "Mothers didn't have stuff when their baby was stillborn. We wanted to help."