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Woman creates baby burial gowns from donated wedding dresses

Posted in Babies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 7, 2015 by saynsumthn

A Michigan woman is turning wedding dresses into infant burial gowns to donate to grieving mothers when their newborn baby passes away. The death of an infant child usually so unexpected that parents rarely have clothes to bury them in, and this is where Angels Above Baby Gowns steps in.

Dawn Lafferty President of Angels Above Baby Gowns

Dawn Lafferty President of Angels Above Baby Gowns

Founder Dawn Lafferty, said that she created her organization in May of 2014 after watching the story of a mother in Washington State whose son was still born. “They brought her son to her wrapped in a wash cloth and when she got home she decided to use her wedding gown to make and angel outfit for him…That was the start of what later became “Angel Gowns,” she said.

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Because of Lafferty’s ability to sew, she immediately searched to see if there was a group in Michigan that she could join. Unfortunately, Lafferty said that she could not find one so, she used Facebook to launch her new mission. According to Lafferty, the response was instant and within hours of posting her idea on that social media site several of her friends told her they would help. Shortly thereafter Lafferty had a basement full of volunteers to start sewing bridal dressing into precious infant burial gowns. She was soon flooded with donations.

screen grab from Detroit News report

screen grab from Detroit News report

“In the first year everything was funded by me,” Lafferty said. But, today Lafferty said her group relies on loving donations from women who want their wedding dresses used for Angel Gowns. As a result of the interest, she has created a list of drop off locations and mailing locations depending on where the donor lives. “We ask that if they would like to ship the gown that it be shipped directly to our studio. We also recommend that the donor remove part of their gown to keep as a momentum,” she said.

In just a year and a half, 2000 members have joined Lafferty’s online group where they coordinate drop off locations throughout the entire state of Michigan. “The volunteers collect the gowns for us and bring them to our studio when they have enough to make the trip worthwhile” she stated, “I have about 30 volunteer seamstresses along with photographers, volunteers that launder and dismantle gowns, a cutting department that is responsible for cutting out all gowns in varies sizes and genders, hand sewers, embellishers, pressers and a packaging department and shipping.”

Dawn Lafferty holds an Angel Gown (image: screen grab from Detroit News report)

Dawn Lafferty holds an Angel Gown (image: screen grab from Detroit News report)

Once Lafferty’s group finishes the gowns, they put them into little gift packages and donate them to hospitals. The typical package includes a burial/angel gown, a blanket, a hat, headband or bonnet, a burial wrap (which can be used to store ashes if a baby is cremated), and angel ornament, a piece of angel jewelry made from the beads and pearls from a donated gown, a pink and blue infant loss awareness ribbon, and a card.

AABG typical donation

In addition to the Angel Gowns, Lafferty said she hopes to raise funds to purchase a Cuddle Cot. “A Cuddle Cot is a cooling system that is used once the baby is born still to prevent the normal process of deterioration and allowing the family to have more time with the baby. We are also accepting monetary donation to purchase a Cuddle Cot,” Lafferty explained.

To do this, Lafferty said she has received a generous donation of brand new wedding dresses which she hopes to sell to young women on tight budgets, something that will help the new brides as well as grieving parents. “We have met some lovely people who have donated brand new high end gowns to us, so that we can offer them to brides for a donations to help fund our group, “ Lafferty said.

Angels Above Baby Gowns has grown substantially since Lafferty watched at that Washington State news report months ago. Today, Lafferty said they are even outgrowing their space, “We have outgrown our space and work area and are hoping for someone to donate a building for us to use as storage and work space,” she said, “we are all volunteers and we do this from our hearts.”

Those interested in helping in this effort can contact Dawn Lafferty’s Angels Above Baby Gowns Facebook group here.

Watch the Fox2 report om Lafferty.

Viral image shows Dog carrying newborn baby for help

Posted in Babies, Dogs with tags , , , , , on November 2, 2015 by saynsumthn

A viral image showing a Dog carrying a newborn for help is prompting some to ask if a canine has more compassion for a human baby than humans do.

Dog finds newnborn

The baby was allegedly thrown away and the dog in Saudi Arabia rescued the child whose umbilical cord was still attached by carrying the newborn infant to a house where the dog allegedly alerted the owners the child needed help. It’s one of those, is this real moments?

According to reports, the newborn was rushed to the hospital and has survived.

As we watch horrific undercover footage of Planned Parenthood using the bodies of babies for research while they are still warm, stories like this make us scratch our heads to ask if a dog has more compassion than many humans.

One of many reasons we would question such a story and wonder if it was true. But, news sources like the Examiner say it is indeed real.

From their report:

    “The publication called “Sada” in Saudi Arabia stated it is not clear if the incident took place in the Gulf Kingdom or another country, but said the dog saved the newborn’s life. The paper stated the baby had been abandoned near a trash bin. The baby’s umbilical cord was still attached.

    “According to Health24.com, readers have called the entire situation “one of the most heartwarming animal-human encounters ever witnessed; a dog picked up a newborn where it was abandoned and took it to a nearby house.” Those who posted the pictures said the “dog carried the baby to the nearest house.” The occupants of the home rushed the baby girl to the hospital. “The baby’s life was saved by the dog,” and just had some superficial injuries, the paper said.”

The story has also been reported in Emirates247.com as well as LiveLeak.

Dog saves newborn

While there is skepticism as to whether this image is indeed a true picture or not there have been incidents of dogs rescuing newborns in the past which Saynsumthn has covered here.

And in this story below- a family’s pet dog alerted it’s family to check on their baby who was not breathing:

Woman gives birth to Baby 30,000 feet in mid-air

Posted in Babies with tags , , , , , , , on October 29, 2015 by saynsumthn

A premature baby was delivered in mid air after her pregnant mother went into labor while on a China Airlines Flight to the US.

China Airlines baby born on flight

At approximately six hours into the flight from Taiwan in route to Los Angeles, a pregnant woman informed the crew that her water had broke.

The pilot diverted the flight to Anchorage, Alaska and the crew asked if there was a doctor on board.

Angelica Zen

Dr. Angelica Zen, a UCLA Internist, who had never delivered a baby before stepped forward. She was on her way home from her honeymoon of all places.

My training is in internal medicine pediatrics so we do adults and kids but really no pregnant woman at all, so since my training we haven’t done much OBGYN,” Zen told ABCnews.

“I was a little bit nervous.

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The pregnant passenger informed Zen that she was delivering 2 months early and at 30,000 feet in the air, Zen delivered the little bundle of joy 30 minutes before the plane landed.

“I had very limited supplies with me and it was very difficult,” said Zen. “We had to work under very constrained circumstances.”

Baby FLight Plane

Passenger Edmund Chen who filmed the happy occasion called the event an “amazing experience.”

Zen said that the crew was incredible and video of the delivery shows a stewardess crying after the little girl was born.

I was relieved the baby looked very healthy,” Zen said. “And I was very happy for the mom as well.”

Chen gave his footage to CNN which can be seen in their report below:

Body camera catches police officer saving baby’s life

Posted in Babies, Police Bias with tags , , , on July 7, 2015 by saynsumthn

From ABC NEWS:

Dramatic video from an Albuquerque Police Department shows an officer resuscitating an unconscious baby while the girl’s distraught family looks on.

Police said on Tuesday that Officer Martin Smith was called to a home on May 14 and found a 7-month-old baby girl who was unresponsive.

Smith is then seen in the video giving the child CPR, and rubbing her chest in order to revive her.

Singer sensation Kimberly Henderson’s abortion story gone viral

Posted in Babies, Baby saved from abortion with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 18, 2015 by saynsumthn

This week, singer sensation Kimberly Henderson posted a message on her Facebook page which revealed that when she was pregnant with her daughter, Vaida, she had scheduled an abortion but eventually walked out of the clinic.

Now her story has gone viral and her song is trending song on iTunes and her Facebook post has already reached 28 million people.

Kimberly Hendersaon and daughter abortion

Her fame began in December of 2014 when Kimberly’s video showing her singing a lullaby to her baby went viral on Facebook.

Kimberly and her baby 2

Kimberly writes, “Two years ago today I was sitting in an abortion clinic thinking not having Vaida was best for me.

“People remember dates for birthdays, and anniversaries. Well this date is forever burned in my brain. It’s a day that I will remember and I remember every single detail of that day. I think that is Gods way of showing me that HIS plan is and will always be greater and bigger than anything and everything I’ve ever known.

I sat in the abortion clinic for nearly 7 hours. I remember wearing a pink t shirt that was soaking wet from crying. Below is my post from that day and I remember crying the entire time I was writing it. I hope that by sharing this that it touches someone”.

    “Today I was at the abortion clinic. I had my mind made up. My boyfriend was cheating on me. I have small kids, what will people think?? I kept telling myself I’m all alone I need to do this. Sitting there.. I could hardly make out anyone or anything through the tears. People were eating fast food around me, laughing, texting. I on the other hand was a wreck. I kept my face down, my face was drenched in tears. I kept telling and giving myself every reason to go through with this even though I did not believe in it. I kept saying I’m on birth control this could not happen..I kept trying to justify it. But my heart was heavy. I felt like I was about to make a horrible horrible decision and God was giving me signs to not do it.. I woke up this morning, my daughter was sick I had to find a sitter, I got lost, my car broke down for about 15 mins and I got here late but they still got me in. I prayed God would stop and give me a sign, give me the strength to get up and walk out of here..

    <em>The lady called me to the desk. Last step before you go back. I fumbled through my wallet to find my drivers license and out fell a card a couple left on the table Saturday night when I was working… It had their church name on it.. On the back was a common verse…

    “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

    “I knew God was speaking to me.

    “Two of my best friends called me just in time and said the most comforting things. “I will be there for you..There’s a reason God gave you that gift.”

    “I told the lady I changed my mind. As I was about to walk out. A young girl no older than probably 19 says to me..”Are you going to do it?” I told her I couldn’t.. She said..”I wish I could be brave like you..” I told her she was brave and she could do the same thing. She said she had to do it because of some serious circumstances.. As I turned around she said..”When you see your baby’s face for the first time you’re gonna be so glad you walked out of here today.”

    “Pouring tears I walked out and felt a huge weight off my shoulders. No matter what your circumstances are God doesn’t make mistakes and he is here for you”.

Kimberly Henderson baby abortion mamma and baby

Kimberly continued, “I remember the enormous amount of relief and strength I felt when I walked out those doors. No guilt. No shame. No regrets. I remember feeling that this all… This all has to mean something one day. My daughter Vaida Everly has a purpose. Her name means beautiful life. And lord she is just that.. A beautiful life. After a scary pregnancy, and after countless weak moments thinking I just could not do this by myself.. September 12 2013 I welcomed my beautiful Vaida Everly into this world with both my best friends by my side. I remember seeing her for the first time and bursting into tears. And engraved in my head were the words that girl told me before leaving the clinic that day. “When you see your baby’s face for the first time you are going to be so happy you walked out of here today..” She was beyond right. 6lbs 4oz of pure perfection and no matter what pain I felt physically andemotionally…

“She gave me a feeling of joy that I can’t even explain. A kind of joy that if a war was going on outside I wouldn’t even know it. I am so in love.
My once tiny 6lb baby is now 18lbs. Full of life. Full of energy. Loves to laugh. Loves to smile.

Kimberly Henderson baby abortion

“And last but not least she is that beautiful baby girl I was singing to at midnight in the kitchen. The video that has touched millions of people all over the world. Singing to her in our kitchen for a memory keep sake is the reason our entire life is about to change. For the good. For the better. She was meant to be here.

“I’m so lucky.

“#tinyhearts”

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The 26-year-old mom has recently released her original song: “Tiny Hearts” — a beautiful ballad about her experiences as a single parent.

Kimberly Henderson‘s viral video “Tiny Hearts” has already received over one million hits on YouTube.

Watch it below.

Comments left Kimberly’s Facebook post shows several stories of women who chose life just like she did and well worth reading. Here are a few examples:

Janae writes, “I too sat in an abortion clinic ready to end my 8 week pregnancy . For reasons I will never know the clinic could not find my baby on ultrasound. I went to a hospital and there she was plain as day . The second I saw that little grain of rice flickering I knew I was having my baby . She’s almost 3 now and I will always remember that day in August I almost never had the love of my life

I am 11 weeks pregnant, 21 years old and I am a single mother of a beautiful 2 year old boy. His father is not around AT ALL and wont ve for this child either. This and the other stories in the comments have changed my whole view of my pregnancy and THANK YOU SO SO SO MUCH. I was going to terminate…. I’m bawling an ugly cry with arunny nose and a smile at the same time. You’re all strong and such a blessing to me and this baby,” writes Emm.

“I can definitely relate. I was at a clinic on February 1st 2014. When I walked out I felt like God hugged me.”

Wow! What a testimony! A little over 31 years ago, I sat in a well known clinic here in Dallas facing the same decision. I was 16 years old and the eldest of four children being raised by a single mother. I felt everything you described in addition to enormous guilt over adding to my mother’s burden. I squirmed and cried and hung my head in shame. When they called my name the 4th time, my eyes locked with my Mom’s and she said, let’s get out of here! In May, he’ll be 31 years old. In December, he became a father,” says Ramona.

Kaylee says, “9 years ago, I too sat in Planned Parenthood contemplating an abortion. Getting pregnant at 21 and knowing my parents would be so disappointed with me, I thought for a moment I could get the abortion and no one would ever know. Then I thought about Crisis Pregnancy Center and their baby models at each state of growth. Thru much inner turmoil, I decided to keep it. Now she is 8 1/2 yrs old, smart, beautiful, compassionate, and such a blessing! I can’t imagine my life without her!”

After Kimberly’s story went viral she posted this message o Facebook:

    In a little over 24 hours my post has reached 28 MILLION people and will be hitting ONE million likes soon. I can’t believe how many people my testimony has touched! How amazing is that!!?

    I can’t even tell you the number of messages I’ve received from women that were in my very same position at some moment in their lives. The messages I’ve received telling me how much of an impact my testimony has made in their life right now. Life changing messages and I am so shocked and thankful at the amazing response.

    I decided to share something personal. Something that was embarrassing and something that I am still til this day not proud of. My purpose wasn’t to get people to congratulate me on making that decision to change my mind. I shared it for the sole purpose of helping others.

    It wasn’t easy… We all know that when you put yourself out there people will try and tear you down. But like I said in my earlier post. I was prepared for that. I will take the negativity if it means helping someone that was where I was 2 years ago.

    I think if more people opened up about things we aren’t “supposed” to talk about or aren’t allowed to talk about then maybe more women wouldn’t feel so alone. When my daughter gets older I will tell her this same very story. Because it is our story.

    I also want you guys to know that your support mean the world to us and I am so humbled. I am so glad that I get to share this amazing journey with amazing people. I promise I will try and get back to every message I have
    received. I love you all.

    PS: My picture has been reported several times but was found to not violate any facebook rules. I’ve also had messages from people to remove it. There is no political statement here in my post nor am I judging or putting down others. I’m just sharing MY own personal experience here.

Baby delivered at 26 weeks comes to life after mother’s touch

Posted in Babies, Planned Parenthood Corporate Sponsor with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 13, 2015 by saynsumthn

Despite supporting Planned Parenthood, a Johnson’s Baby vid is highlighting the precious story of baby Jamie who was born at 26 weeks along with his twin sister Emily.

The message J+J wants to send is, “Every baby can benefit from a loving touch.”

Johnson Johnson Loving Touch

According to the vid, Parents Kate Ogg and husband David say that they tried for three years to have a baby when they discovered they were having twins.

At 26 weeks Kate was told she was going into labor and would have to deliver the babies early.

However, after a premature birth the couple was told their first baby, a little boy, did not make it.

Kate Ogg Baby Twins 2

Kate said she snatched Jamie away from the doctor, unwrapped him and told David to take off his clothes and to get into bed with her where they held him close to their hearts, because he was cold and they did not want him to die.

We just cried and cried,” Katie said.

We told him he had a sister and her name was Emily and she was going to be okay and he needed to look after her. And we had big plans for his life….and then he started to move.”

Kate Ogg baby lives

They told the midwives he was alive and doctors said Kate and David needed to say goodbye to Jamie, because, they said he would not make it.

But Kate would not let go – and finally – Jamie opened his eyes and grabbed his father’s finger.

Kate Ogg Baby Moves 2

It was the most astounding and amazing thing that had ever happened,” Kate said, “We realized it was because we had held him. And because he had the body heat of his mother and father and that soft cocooning warmth that’s what brought him back and gave him the time he needed to live.”

Kate Ogg Baby Twins 3

Jamie made a complete recovery and is now able to look after his sister, Emily.

Kate Ogg Baby Twins

He recently celebrated his 5th birthday.

Jamie Ogg today

Although this is an amazing promotion of the humanity of children born at 26 weeks by Johnson and Johnson, the money they donate to Planned Parenthood is being used to abort other babies who will never get a “loving tough” from their parents.

Inside pregnancy the developing unborn miracle in video

Posted in Babies, Fetal Development, Video with tags , , , , , , , on February 25, 2015 by saynsumthn

I came across this fascinating animated video series called Inside Pregnancy.

The fetal development series created by Baby Center is worth watching: