Creating hats for newborn babies for a 90-year-old Bedford area woman in Papia “gives her a sense of purpose and satisfaction.”
According to the Washington Post, for more than 15 years, Annie Schaefer has created small hats for babies in UPMC’s West Maryland as part of her evening ritual. The countless hours he spent working at his kitchen table have so far yielded more than 11,000 hats.
“It gives me something to do, it’s necessary,” said Schaefer, who lives in Heindman, Pennsylvania, about 15 minutes from a hospital in Cumberland.
The Hat explains that Shaffer takes about 15 minutes to create each hat. The non-agenarian sits down several nights a week, carefully cutting 10 inches of white cloth. Then, by “creating a dome-shaped seam without folding technique,” which is safer for babies’ delicate skin, he fastens everything in place with colorful ribbons without seams.
It is a simple process, but Schaefer said. “It makes sense to know that his handmade hats will be placed on the fragile heads of newborns a few seconds after birth.”
“I feel happy when I make hats,” he said. “I love babies, I just want them to have a warm head, a good start in life.” Schaefer noted that the hats “serve a medical purpose” by regulating the baby’s body temperature.
Heidi Quinn, a nurse at UPMC Western Maryland, explained: “Babies come from a nice warm mother to a cool environment, they can lose heat very quickly.” He added. “We are well aware of their temperature control, the hat is changing the world.”
Quinn noted that for parents, “it means a lot to know that someone took the time to make the hats.” He continued. “It’s one of the things they want to take home with them. It has a very sentimental value. ”
Schaefer’s devotion The hospital is well stocked with hats. If it weren’t for the volunteers, either UPMC West Maryland would have had to buy pre-made hats or they would have been made by nurses during infrequent breaks.
Schaefer first started making baby hats at his church in 2006, meeting with a group of volunteers once a month after a obstetrician հավաք gave birth to a convent service. The boss remembers. “Well, I could make it at home,” The Post quoted him as saying.
That’s when his “hat-making regime” began. Aside from working out daily word search puzzles, Schaefer said that for the past 15 years, his “main occupation” has been “making hats for babies.”
Once a month, a hospital staff member sends a white bar of chocolate to Shaffer’s house, while she buys her own blue-pink ribbon for a personal touch. It is an ideal substance for regulating the body temperature of newborns. Instead, Schaefer provides them with a box of 80 to 100 finished hats, the source explained.
Schaefer said making hats “gives him a sense of purpose and satisfaction,” which was delayed for several months during the coronavirus epidemic as the hospital refused to bring in supplies.
“I could not wait until I could do it again,” Schaefer said, and he resumed it in late February.
The hospital staff decided to honor Schaefer’s volunteer efforts by creating a photo album filled with images of hated babies.
Calling parents on Facebook, the hospital asked for photos of children born at any time since 2007 in hospital hats. According to the hospital, in one day, almost 1000 photos were filled with “the first minutes of a small baby’s life”, with many moods shared by parents.
Wendy Ruberg, 39, whose daughter Palmer was born in December 2019, shared the following:
“You think it’s just a hat, but it’s such a special part of the whole birth experience,” Ruberg said. “As soon as he was born, they put on that little hat, he was warm and happy. It was a really great experience. “
The Post noted that the “hat” is now part of Ruberg’s shadow box, as well as “pregnancy test, hospital bracelets, sonogram image – other neonatal devices.”
Hat making process. This is a serious business.
Schaefer, who has lived with her husband for 70 years, “takes the hat-making process very seriously, stays laser-focused” on her task. “No background music, no cup of tea, no side talk.” he said. “It’s all about hats.”
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