Imprint is the latest Charity Exclusive by AppleCheeks for The Baby Footprint, and was designed to bring awareness to Pregancy & Infant Loss.
Proceeds from the sale of this diaper will go to the Royal Alex Hospital Foundation in Edmonton, Alberta, but more specifically, the Lois Hole Hospital for Women which provides two programs that are very near and dear to my heart. These programs, the Perinatal Bereavement Program and the Reproductive Mental Health Program, work together assisting women and families who are experiencing infertility, pregnancy and infant loss. They provide weekly calls of support, memory boxes, supplies for hand & foot castings, teddy bears, cuddle cots, memorial photos, hospital burials, print resources, and much needed research. These amazing resources are just a few of the services offered and in need of funding for.
Pregnancy and Infant Loss affects an alarming 1 in 4 women. Unfortunately, we became a part of that devastating statistic in 2015 when we experienced the loss of our 3rd baby at around 11 weeks. For weeks I had excitedly beamed to our friends about how I felt fantastic,"I don't even feel pregnant!" is one thing I distinctly remember saying. I felt great and we were so excited! Like so many others, we optimistically went in for our routine 10 week ultrasound excited to see our tiny new baby. At the ultrasound the technician was quiet and took extra time looking things over. Things just didn't seem right and we never got to see, or hear the tiny beating heart on screen as we had with our previous pregnancies. She left to go get the radiologist and immediately I knew deep down that something was wrong. He came in and told us that our baby had stopped developing around 7 weeks, that the pregnancy was no longer viable, and that we would need to get in touch with our family doctor. He did not answer our immediate questions, and we left feeling anxious, confused and heartbroken. Two hours later we received a glimmer of hope... our doctor called and had read the ultrasound report! There was a fetal pole, but no heartbeat, and she thought that perhaps our dates could be off and that it might be "too early" to detect anything. She encouraged me to not give up hope, and promised that we would re-scan in a week to ten days. I got off the phone feeling confused, as I knew my dates were accurate, and that something must be wrong. Two short days later I began to cramp and bleed. Within a week we had lost our baby and all of the hopes and dreams that we had had for that third little life. I was heartbroken and feeling so alone. I was unaware of any local support groups, and suffered in silence. Living so rural, none of my close friends were near by, so while I had support through text and online, it wasn't enough. I knew right then and there that some kind of support program was needed to help inform and support women going through this immense grief and pain. That they were not alone, and that there was someone available to listen, and to help answer all of the questions.
When I called my doctors office the following week, to see if I needed to still attend my prenatal appointment, the uneducated and misinformed receptionist told me quite rudely that the appointments in the maternity clinic were for pregnant women ONLY, and that I was to go back to my family doctor if I had any concerns. I didn't know if I had any concerns, I didn't know what to expect, nor what was normal or abnormal, as I had never experienced a loss before. Nothing that had happened in the last ten days seemed "normal" but then again, nothing seemed overly alarming either. Google became my educator and that seemed so wrong and cold, not to mention SO overwhelming! I hung up the phone crippled and disgusted with how I was treated as a grieving mother. I called back a few minutes later asking to speak to the office manager AND to my prenatal doctor about what had just happened. Sincere apologies were given to me and they promised that from that day forward they would learn to educate themselves and their staff on miscarriage/loss and how to treat clients with more empathy.
This to me, was the second indicator that more support and information in regards to treating grieving families experiencing loss was needed. In the following weeks and months we began to navigate this loss on our own, heal and try to come to terms with our unfortunate experience. Amazingly, three short months later we were overjoyed, yet skeptical when we tested positive for a fourth pregnancy. Was it too soon? Would this baby stick?? However, I went on to have an uneventful, healthy pregnancy and in January 2016, just 3 weeks before the anniversary of our loss, we welcomed our Rainbow Baby, Elliana, into the world.
I wanted this diaper to be green, in honor of all the babies gone before their time; to represent baby boys, baby girls, and all of the "team green" babies out there that were so loved, and so very much wanted. Pregnancy and Infant Loss can be crippling, and no one should have to suffer alone. The Baby Footprint wants you to know that you are not alone. Please, help us spread the word that there needs to be MORE training, more resources, and more support going to this cause!
"I always wonder who you would have been."
Available in Size 1, 2, and 3 Covers. AND the new One Size Envelope Cover -
AppleCheeks cloth diapers are made with an outer layer of breathable, waterproof, polyurethane laminated polyester (PUL), sewn to a butter-soft microfleece inner layer, so that only the softest of soft touches your baby's delicate skin. This envelope cover is a waterproof outer cover designed to be used with an absorbent insert, or to go over a fitted diaper. Need an insert? Find one here
- Snug, durable elastic at both the waist and legs for a gentle and secure fit.
- Two rows of easy-to-adjust snaps, allowing for a proper fit at the legs and waist.
- A beautiful range of truly spectacular colours to appeal to a wide range of aesthetic.
- A handy envelope opening, wide enough for Daddy's hands, which allows for the option of placing the absorbent insert between the fleece and outer layer if so desired
- A more generous and longer lasting fit than other similar styles on the market. Size 1 fits from 7-20lbs,Size 2 fits from 20-40lbs, and Size 3 Fits from 30-65lbs. All weight ranges are approximate.
- Our new, gorgeous, one-size envelope cover fits approximately 6lbs - 35+lbs
- Find the size 1's are too snug, but size 2's are WAY too big? The new One Size covers are the solution!
|Size 2 Storage Sacs - Designed to keep odour and moisture in, the Size 2 Storage Sac is just the right size for storage of a full-time package. Great for 2-3 days worth of dirty diapers - fits perfectly in most standard diaper pails. Size 2 Storage Sacs measure 25" high x 20.5" wide x 4.5" deep. Sacs are water-resistant, not waterproof. To clean, simply throw them into your wash load along with your dirty diapers and hang to dry.|
Size 1 Storage Sacs - Use these for soiled diapers, damp swimwear, dirty clothes, etc. Throw them in your diaper bag and transport your dirty diapers with ease. There's no limit to how these can be used! Measuring 15.5" high x 11" wide x 3" deep. Sacs are water-resistant, not waterproof. To clean, simply throw them into your wash load along with your dirty diapers and hang to dry.
Learning Pants - AppleCheeks™ Learning Pants come in three sizes:
Small - Size 2/3 - Fits approximately 18 - 25lbs
Medium - Size 4/5, approximately 25 - 35lbs
Large - Size 5/6, approximately 30-45+lbs
Made from a poly-cotton blend and lined with PUL where your little person most needs it, AppleCheeks™ Learning Pants are the perfect transition product for the child who is mostly ready for underwear but still has the occasional accident.
Four layers of super absorbent viscose from bamboo/organic cotton terry in the wet zone make these pants perfect for those moments when the potty is just a little too far!
Minizip's - The 9" x 6" MiniZip Storage Sac is designed to comfortably hold 6 of our plush bamboo terry wipes and a bottle of Gentle Cleansing Solution for efficient cleanup on the go!