Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

Features / Living

May 11, 2014

Larue Barnes: Threads of Love

Cleburne sewing group shows compassion for premature infants

Johnson County —

Mother’s Day. I remember dreading it. There were years of wanting a baby and attending baby showers for friends ... I was ashamed of the envy I felt inside. I cried during Johnson’s Baby products commercials. I only pretended to enjoy the typical conversations of hearing about another’s labor or what their baby had learned that week.

But after prayers, a medical diagnosis and my corrective surgery, E.J. and I had the overwhelming joy of bringing two healthy babies home. 

But, some babies can’t come home right away. Born too early, preemies need more time. Joy turns to fear for those parents as their baby must be left among tubes and monitors inside an incubator.

I visited a work session of a local Threads of Love group which strives to reach out to such parents. The women sew soft blankets, laundry bags, positioning frogs and “Lovie” dolls for the premature infant. They have also made sheets, isolette covers, pillow covers and other items upon request. 

“Our group’s goal is not to dress babies, but to use these clothes as a tool for reaching parents and families at a time in their lives when they need to be reassured that God is there and that he is always faithful,” said Carol Roberson, director of the group for Field Street Baptist Church.

A “Lovie” doll is unique. Its tiny cushioned head with a pointed cap and napkin-like body, is taken home by the mother. After Lovie sleeps close to her, the doll is returned to her baby in the hospital. The infant seems to sense the mother’s presence and often rests more comfortably, snuggling close. 

The group serves Medical Center of Arlington, which was assigned to them by the national organization, because it is a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit with 23 beds and seven transitional Isolettes.

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