Testimonial

The Baby Birds

 Our story is somewhat long and has been a little complicated at times.  This journey involves years of doctors’ visits, tests, and medications; a previous miscarriage at 12 weeks of a baby girl with Down syndrome; several pregnancy attempts afterwards; and even going out of state for further fertility treatment.  So needless to say, after all of this, my husband (John) and I were pleasantly surprised to learn last November that we were expecting identical twins.  We were guarded at first, but very excited (as well as many family members and friends), to prepare for the future arrival of “the Baby Birds!”  Although it was a high-risk pregnancy and we were told to watch out for possible complications, everything was progressing well.  However, at a doctor’s appointment on February 7, it was discovered that one feared condition had indeed developed—and twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome was diagnosed.  Later that same night, preterm premature rupture of membranes occurred (water broke) while eating dinner in a restaurant.  It was a totally unexpected and traumatic event, because in those frantic moments I realized that the fragile lives inside of me would not be able to survive this distress.  We rushed to the hospital and I was admitted overnight for observation.  The following day, an underlying infection (chorioamnionitis) became apparent.  Delivery of non-viable infants became necessary to prevent potential life-threatening complications for me.  Our baby boys passed away at only 18 weeks gestation on Wednesday night, February 8, 2017, at 9:28 and 9:38 PM, at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in Little Rock.

Despite our initial shock and devastation, we found comfort when we were shown our tiny babies in such delicate outfits.  Our experience with the entire UAMS bereavement program (Love Lives) was absolutely amazing.  This program is led by a compassionate nurse coordinator who assembles many donated keepsakes from various individuals and groups them into an irreplaceable memory box.  Your organization’s contributions go above and beyond, as these intricate little bundles of handiwork are very moving.  It is definitely much more than just cotton and yarn, stitches and ribbons . . . it is love.  Love for those parents who are desperately hurting.  Love for the cherished babies who are God’s gift, who should really be considered a gain, and not a loss, as someone shared with me in the initial days following our heartbreak.  Our twin sons and their big sister are precious angels in heaven.  They are forever with us, and although our arms are empty here on earth, we will always be parents.

John and I would like to express our gratitude and appreciation to all of the hard-working, dedicated volunteers of the Holy Sews ministry.  Thank you, Regina, for starting such a wonderful organization.  We are grateful that your idea to properly dress micro preemies has made its way all across Arkansas and beyond.  Thanks to all of the bereavement programs in the many medical centers that pass on your items to grieving families.  We are truly honored that our dearly loved little boys, Johnathan Bobby and Jackson Levi, were dressed in your thoughtfully made attire.  We have been blessed and deeply touched by your organization. 

 

An unbelievable six months have already passed since that fateful night.  Although the majority of this testimonial was written within the first couple weeks after our loss, I don’t know why it has taken me until now to finally share our story.  I suppose it is like sealing an envelope and putting a stamp on it, so to say.  This is just one more step, one more thing to mark off my list, in this whole process of trying to move forward.  Perhaps my hesitation is because in doing so, it signals the end of something… the end of a painful chapter and the need to begin a new one.  The painful reality felt on what would have been the babies’ due date (July 9) was another symbol of finality to me.  However, with each passing day and each milestone along the way, healing and grace continues.

 

Once again, please accept our most sincere and heartfelt gratitude to you all for the impact that you have left on our lives.  This mark on our hearts will never be forgotten.

 

 

~ Amy Bird

August 8, 2017

North Texas Giving Day – September 14th 2017

Holy Sews will be participating in North Texas Giving Day, on Thursday, September 14th. North Texas Giving Day is Communities Foundation of Texas’ annual 18-hour online giving extravaganza for North Texas nonprofits. Holy Sews currently supports nearly 50 hospitals in North Texas!

Since 2009, Communities Foundation of Texas’ North Texas Giving Day has pumped more than $156 million, for over 2,500 local nonprofits, into the North Texas Community. In 2016, $37 million was raised through more than 142,000 gifts benefiting 2,518 nonprofits.

Giving Day 2017 is Thursday, September 14, 2017 from 6 AM Central – Midnight. New this year is Scheduled Giving, which allows donors to schedule their gift from September 7th through September 14th!

Click here to donate or schedule your gift!

 

 

April Shower Gift Drive

April Shower Benefitting Holy Sews

It’s time for the Holy Sews April Shower to help restock our supplies.

We are in need of the following items:  (Also see our Amazon Wish list)

  • 1/4″ & 5/8″ Satin Ribbon
  • 5/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon
  • 5/8″ White Organza Ribbon
  • 3/8″ Ribbon Rose (Pastels)
  • Fleece (Pastels & Whites)
  • Flannel (Pastels & Whites)
  • White Tulle/Netting
  • Eyelet & Lace Trim
  • Box Pleat Trim
  • Fray Check
  • Rick Rack (Pastels & White)

Not sure what to buy, please consider purchasing gift cards to any of the following stores or donating directly to Holy Sews:

  • Hobby Lobby
  • Hancock Fabrics
  • Wal-Mart
  • The Stitching Post
  • Joann Fabrics
  • Amazon.com

How to donate your gift?

  • Gifts can be dropped off at Holy Souls Catholic Church at 1003 N Tyler St, Little Rock, AR 72205.
  • Gifts can also be mailed to Holy Sews at P.O. Box 251506, Little Rock, AR 72225

For questions contact holy sews at info@holysews.org

2015 Year End Letter

Dear Friends of Holy Sews,

We come to you with a sincere hope that you have had a Merry Christmas and many hopes for a very Happy New Year! Holy Sews has been truly blessed this year. In the past month alone, this ministry has gained 25 new hospitals across the country. Since 2008, Holy Sews has worked with hospitals nationwide to provide more than 4,000 handmade burial layettes at no charge for “micro-preemies” who die during the second trimester of a pregnancy.

With the increasing number of hospitals served and the increasing number of requests for layettes, we are working hard to meet the need and provide for each location. Would you please consider an end of year charitable donation to Holy Sews? Your contribution is tax deductible as we are a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Your donation will help us to provide these layettes, free of charge, to hurting families across the country at their most vulnerable time of need.

Donations can be made:
Online through our website at www.holysews.org/donate

Or by mailing a check to:
Holy Sews Inc.
P.O. Box 251506
Little Rock, AR 72225

Thank you for considering Holy Sews with your gift. You are a part of the family which makes Holy Sews possible and we are so thankful for you.

In God’s Love,

Regina Binz
Founder and President
Holy Sews, Inc.
www.holysews.org

Support for Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day

Capital

Below is a list of Advocates that supported the International Wave of Light Ceremony that occurred on Thursday October 15, 2015.  Thank you for your support.


 

Angel Mommies of Arkansas is a local group that sews Teeny Tears diapers. They fill orders as they are received for Arkansas.  To be involved with this group, contact Karen Merrell. (karenjmerrell@gmail.com)

Arkansas Children’s Hospital has a wonderful program open to the public called “Good Mourning.”  This program serves adults and children that are grieving the loss of a loved one.  Contact Reverend Brent Fairchild for more information.  (fairchildbw@archildrens.org)

Baptist Health Medical Center has been associated with the SHARE Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support Group for over 20 years.  The vision of SHARE is to set a standard of personalized bereavement care through support, hope, healing, resources, and education to parents and siblings.  SHARE is a national organization started in 1977 at the request of a grieving family.  At Baptist Health, we educate our nurses as well as supporting families.  We have monthly parent support group meetings.  Our annual memorial service will be held on November 1, 2015, at 3 p.m. in the Gilbreath Conference Center at Baptist Hospital and is open to the public, including children.  Contact Nancy Meneley, RN or Haley Floyd, RN for more information.

Catholic Health Initiatives, St. Vincent Hospital   The Journey program will have its annual Candlelight Memorial Ceremony on Nov. 1, at 7 p.m., in the main auditorium.  This beautiful memorial service and reception are open to the public. Contact Queena Waggoner (qewaggoner@stvincenthealth.com)

Cornerstone Clinic for Women promotes women’s wellness with a staff of five doctors and three nurse practitioners.  They are concerned with all aspects of a woman’s health and well-being, whether expecting a first child or busy keeping up with grandchildren. Contact Lisa Grummer for more information.  www.cornerstoneclinicforwomen.com

Faith’s Melody provides hand-stamped pendants at no cost to bereaved parents in memory of their baby. Family and friends may custom order a necklace in support of their loved ones, which will help defray the cost of the pendants. Please like their page on Facebook, visit their website (www.faithsmelody.com) or email (faithsmelody@yahoo.com) for more information.

Holy Sews. Inc. provides hand-made burial layettes to grieving families at no charge. Monthly work days are a safe place to share your story and do something productive to work through your grief.  Volunteer opportunities are available that do not require sewing skills. Please join our Facebook page to keep up with work days and other items of interest.  Contact Regina Binz or Mary Sue Whitelaw for details. (www.holysews.org, regina@holysews.org )

Linda DeYmaz, author of Mommy, Please Don’t Cry will be available to visit and autograph books. Her beautiful book was written in memory of her daughter, Alexandra Grace DeYmaz, who was delivered stillborn on Easter morning of 1995.

March of Dimes Their mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. Contact Kristin Powell for more information kpowell@marchofdimes.org

Mamie’s Poppy Plates provides treasured remembrance plates with your baby’s foot or hand prints.  Please see their website for more information regarding their annual fundraiser, “Race to Remember.”  Contact Sarah Adams for details. (www.mamiespoppyplates.com)

Molly Bears provides a weighted teddy bear in your baby’s weight. It is specifically made to fill empty arms of mothers all over the country.  Please see Jodie McGinley for more information (www.mollybears.org, www.facebook.com/mollybearsorg)

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep is a national organization that provides bereavement photography to grieving families at no charge. This beautiful service is in need of skilled volunteer photographers. If you are interested, contact Jill Meyer, Lizzy Yates, Jessie Findley or Kimberly Harper.  (nowilaymedowntosleep.org)

Progenity provides complex molecular and specialized testing services.  The cost is affordable in Arkansas for the first time at $25 per test. They partner with OBGYNs to offer patients high-quality tests with clear, actionable results that enable informed medical decisions. They offer non-invasive prenatal screening, and other women’s health tests, including Cystic Fibrosis, Spinal Muscular Atrophy and Fragile X, which are the top 3 genetic diseases recommended for testing by ACOG and ACMG. For more information, contact Donna Didier (donna.didier@progenity.com)

Roller Funeral Homes offers free funeral services for children under one year of age. They will be holding candle lighting ceremonies in honor of your loved ones that have passed away at various location from November 29 through December 8.  Catered luncheons will be available.  Contact Tommy Green, Darah Moore, Steve Swartz, Kay Powell or Rodney Cissell to determine which ceremony best suits your needs. We are grateful to Roller Funeral Homes for sponsoring our searchlight.

UAMS Love Lives Program strives to offer high quality bereavement care. Their goal is for you to forever treasure the short time you have with your baby. If you’ve suffered the loss of a baby due to a genetic defect, UAMS has special services to offer. Please see Shannon Barringer, Chrissy Wright, or Dr. Sara Peeples

Wee Care Smocking Guild offers beautiful hand-made smocked gowns for stillborn babies in Little Rock.  Smocking requires a great deal of time and talent.  This group of ladies welcomes new volunteers, and they are willing to teach you their skill. If you or someone you know would like to be involved with this organization, please call The Stitchin’ Post – 501-227-0288.