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Duke Midwifery Service "Pocket" Sew-in

‘Tis the season for giving back, and with New Year’s babies in mind, we’re very excited to be supporting new mothers in Durham!

Please join us in the Greenhouse for some super-simple sewing for a good cause! In support of the Duke Midwifery Service in Durham, we will be making pouches that expectant mothers will fill with rice to make heating pillows as part of their preparation for labor. We will simply be sewing the sides of a rectangle to leave space for the women involved in the Duke Midwifery Service’s Centering Pregnancy Program to fill their pillows.

This program serves hundreds of women each year, 95% of whom are at or below the poverty level and have no labor support. As part of this group care that empowers women to make healthy choices and offers support through group sessions, women stuff these pouches to make rice-sack heating pillows that are used for comfort during their labors. For many of these women, it’s the first time they’ve held a needle and thread, and the act of creating something gives them a sense of pride and confidence.

We all know how amazing it feels to finish a project, so let’s get together and help other women create something beautiful for themselves as they become new moms! Drop in anytime and stay as long as you can to take your mind off of the holiday rush with a very easy sewing project for a great cause! Just bring your machine, and we’ll have everything you need to make these pockets!

The Duke Midwifery Service is always accepting these donations, so this is also a great opportunity to bust your stash and give back! Finished pouches should be about 6” x 14”, but this is simply a guideline!

If you'd like to know more about the Duke Midwifery Service’s Centering Pregnancy group care, you can find more information here.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I can't come but I'll make some and drop them off!

    November 21, 2013

    • Spoonflower E.

      Great question... I am going to err on the side of 100% cotton since they will be heating these in a microwave, but any natural fiber that is heat resistant should be fine. I would just steer clear of synthetics that might melt at higher temperatures.

      November 25, 2013

    • Spoonflower E.

      Julie, thank you so much for making such gorgeous pockets! They are beautiful, and I know they'll make someone so happy!

      December 4, 2013

  • beth a.

    Small but charming group. enjoyed the evening and Becca is so supportive, helpful and enthusiastic.

    1 · December 3, 2013

  • Spoonflower E.

    Thank you all so, so much for coming out to sew tonight! We accomplished so much for a grand total of 101 finished pockets that will go on to comfort new moms! And they all look so beautiful and colorful! It was so much fun to see everyone out tonight, and it's always a pleasure to meet new people! Thanks so much for supporting the Duke Midwifery Service and for hanging out in the Greenhouse!

    1 · December 3, 2013

  • Shari

    What a great idea! I will be out of town but look forward to future opportunities to volunteer.

    November 28, 2013

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