Bonding squares

33 x 2 bonding squares for local hospitals made by Weavers Workshop

One square is placed with a premature baby and another is worn against the mum’s skin, then the squares are swapped round every 12 hours or every time mum visits.
Many Neonatal Units are now using them. They help with the bonding of a premature baby in an incubator and the baby’s mum. The baby can smell mum’s scent even when she isn’t there or wasn’t able to get him out of his incubator, and then when she goes home she can still smell the baby’s scent on the square, which is a big comfort.
Not only this, but many mums find that it really helps with expressing breast milk. Keeping the scent of the baby close by triggers the hormones needed to produce and express milk, which is very important as breastfeeding can be difficult for mothers with premature babies.

Wava Hall – February

Rachel New
Creative Lives On-air Producer for BBC CWR
Creative Lives On-air is a collaboration between BBC CWR and Creative Lives

We were asked to put on a demo of simple weaving to this local community. Rachel interviewed us for the BBC CWR programme. We also demonstrated different types of looms and weaving techniques

A very happy morning for weavers and participants