Legacy Swaddle

We receive bridal gowns any time you’ll like to gift one to us.  When you do, you can print our letter of gratitude to you.  The gown may be yours, from a previous marriage, or from a bargain at a thrift store or garage sale.

The bridal gowns are then recreated into infant burial gowns by our absolutely lovely volunteer seamstress team.  We call these our Legacy Swaddles.

 

If you are in need of an infant gown, the use of our Cuddle Cot, the presence and support of one of our birth & bereavement doulas, please know you can connect with us at any time, by calling 816.343.4615 or on facebook at The M0M Center.

In addition to our beautiful Legacy Swaddle gowns, we have Teeny Tear diapers, Miscarriage Blankets, and Bridget’s Cradles.

photo: Ashley, founder of Bridget’s Cradles, and Natalie Gudenkauf, their KC Regional Coordinator, at our summer 2016 local event, SBD HomeComing.

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If you’ll like to join our seamstress team, or if you would like to join our crochet team, you can connect with Heidi Faith on facebook, join our online seamstress group.  We’ll absolutely love to connect.  Your love is needed.

If you like to sew, we only have one requirement for joining our seamstress team – that whatever time and talent you give, you do so with love.

We do not have a production line and we do not have production quantity or timeline requirements – only that you create only when you feel inspired to devote quiet time to creating a meaningful piece for a family, and invest your thoughts and prayers toward those who’ve given, and, those who will receive.

 

When Considering Giving Your Gown

The M0M Center is headquarters to stillbirthday, an international resource providing support to families experiencing birth in any trimester – enduring pregnancy and infant loss.  Here are some thoughts when considering gifting your gown to be recreated into infant burial gowns:

  • If your marriage ended in divorce, giving your gown is a way to honor the goodness of the intention and the hope that went into the day you wed.
  • If your spouse has died, giving your gown can be a meaningful way to carry on their legacy.
  • If you have living children, we suggest cutting a strip of the gown (see below).
  • Your gown will be cut.  The product is gorgeous and meaningful, but understanding that your gown will be irreversibly cut is important to understand.  There are simply no returns and you release us of all liability when you give your gown.
  • Bridal gowns of any style, age, condition can be received.  Our seamstress team has a reconstruction process.
  • We’ve received a large gift of materials, embellishments and colors from a bridal gown shop that closed.  At this time, gowns of other events or other colors aren’t a need, but if you feel compelled, we will receive them.
  • If you are shipping your gown, we do not use the tulle that is woven into many gowns.  Under your gown, if there are layers of scratchy, net-like material, you can grab this at its base stitching (this will be at the waistline, under the dress) and cut this material off.  This is one of the first steps in our process.  We can do this for you, but if you are shipping your gown, removing this first can lower the weight and size of your shipment.
  • We cannot guarantee the number of infant gowns that will be created from your gift, because our seamstresses do not work on a production line but work creatively, weaving embellishments and materials from many gowns at once.
  • The infant gowns are presented to families at birth, and our doulas guide the family in bathing and dressing their beloved baby: we don’t just give a gown, we extend our time and deliberation, and allow the family at the birth to select their gown for their baby and assist them in dressing their baby.  No part of the process is for sale, trade or barter.
  • We are not a registered non-profit and we use the funding from our online doula tuition to fill any funding gaps, including overnight shipping gowns to our certified stillbirthday doulas in emergent situations and thanking our seamstresses with small gift cards to fabric shops for things like thread and velcro.
  • You can give financially in any dollar amount if you choose, to help cushion such expenses.

If you would like to gift us with a bridal gown, we will graciously receive it.  Please consider this letter a gift to you in return: {When You Give Your Gown}.  You can call Heidi Faith at any time to arrange bringing your gift: 816.343.4615, bring it to any of our Chat Saturdays (first Saturday of the month, 10am-noon), or you can leave it at Pence’s next door to us for us to receive as soon as we can.

When giving your gown, we suggest cutting a strip for your own keeping.  Either we can do this or you can before giving.  The strip can be as long as you’d like and can be used for wrapping around a bridal bouquet of someone in your family.  This is a beautiful and meaningful way of carrying the tradition of passing a bridal gown down to children or grandchildren.

When You Give Your Gown is a special letter when you give your gown.  Please click the link to receive it.

 

You can ship your gown to:

The M0M Center
101 W. Washington Street
Kearney MO 64060

 

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Dana Foster SBD is the Leader of our Seamstress team and the founder of Angel Gowns by Dana.

Top photo given to us by the glorious Life’s Light Doula Care.

 

 

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