JACKSONVILLE, FL- In a conference room at Wolfson Children's Hospital, once a month a group of women gather with a special purpose. With every stitch and split of the seam, wedding dresses are giving way to something more special.
"They are still a part of us, our love never dies. It only get stronger," tells Keisha Mosley, the founder of Tiny Treasures Sewing Circle.
The donated wedding dresses are made into little gowns meant for babies that have passed away during a miscarriage or were stillborn. Keisha Mosley helped begin Tiny Treasures Sewing Circle in memory of her son, Noah, that was stillborn.
"I had to do something, to give back and make sure other people didn’t feel alone or afraid. That’s how I felt. I felt like I was the only one it happened to and that is so far from the truth," she explains.
Keisha found support in the group Tear Catchers at Wolfson Children’s Hospital. The group, along with Chaplain Linda Rosengren, encouraged her to take on this project and hope it helps more mothers open up.
"It helps to remove the stigma that surrounds infant loss, because there is a lot of stigma, it is something people don’t want to talk about," tells Tiffany Johnsey.
Johnsey understands how difficult talking about infant loss can be. She has had two miscarriages, but comes to Tiny Treasures Sewing Circle with a smile, knowing that something she is making will be in the hands of another mother during some of the toughest moments of her life.
"It is something they can have as a keepsake because it might be the only thing they will have that their child will wear. It is great however someone wants to use it to honor their baby, the family that receives it, it is a wonderful feeling. It makes my heart happy," says Johnsey.
The love for the babies lost and the support for the mothers are the threads that connect these women sewing and donating. Keisha and the group may never meet the families many of the garments go to, but she knows what they are feeling and wants her son's legacy to be of love.
"When it is time for me to meet him, I want him to say “Mommy, I am so proud of you.” Because I just want to make him proud," tells Mosley as tears well up in her eyes.
If you would like to donate or help sew some of the gowns you can reach out to Keisha through Facebook message. Her group is 'Noah's Blue Rose' (https://www.facebook.com/NoahsBlueRose/) or email her at NoahsBlueRose@yahoo.com
Also, they are currently keeping the wedding dresses in an empty office at Wolfson Children's Hospital, so if someone has a storage locker or storage space available for them to put the dresses they would love to hear from you too.
The group Tear Catchers that Keisha and Tiffany are a part of is open to any mother that has experienced infant loss whether it be a miscarriage or a stillborn baby. It does not matter if the loss was recent or many years ago, if you feel you need to speak about it please contact Pastoral Care office at 904-202-2240 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The gowns are available to any hospital in the area that is in need of them. To have receive gowns from Tiny Treasures Sewing Circle please contact the Pastoral Care office at 904-202-2240.