This article is submitted by Jackie Hesselton who is a healthcare manager at MedStar Health:
The NICU (23 beds, newly renovated and state of art) at MedStar Franklin Square would welcome hand crafted quilts to cover the isolettes/bassinets of the smallest of our patients. Quilts should be 100% cotton, carefully constructed to avoid loose threads and measure anywhere from 18 x 24″ to 36x 36-40″ (preferable). Please avoid flannel.
Here is a link to the story of the purple butterfly found on some bassinets. http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-moms/news/what-purple-butterfly-stickers-at-the-hospital-mean-w211508 This indicates that the baby was part of a multiple birth and not all babies survived, therefore I would avoid the use of purple butterflies. I will collect the quilts at each guild meeting and deliver them once we have 10 or 12. The NICU team appreciates the gesture.