Updated: Apr 4
A sewing bee on Saturday held at Tāiki E! Gisborne resulted in over 120 cotton manaaki mat covers being made in honour of families affected by pregnancy and baby loss.
Manaaki mats are special dry ice packs which freeze much colder than regular ice.
They provide a safe, simple and effective way to care for your baby at home after death. Keeping the baby cool will slow down the natural changes that happen.
They are effective because the temperature of the baby remains consistently cool while being held.
The frozen manaaki mat is placed in a fabric cover and goes under the baby. This means parents can choose where to place their baby or to be able to hold their baby knowing the temperature is remaining consistently cool.