The death of a baby is an unimaginable tragedy and Rachel Windsor-Cormack of Gawler Belt is doing her best to comfort grieving parents by helping them give their baby a beautiful farewell.
She is one of over 100 volunteers Australia-wide who has picked up a needle and thread to help make angel gowns for Angel Gowns Australia.
Angel Gowns Australia is part of a global trend in which women donate their wedding dress, bridesmaid dresses or even formal dresses to be transformed into angel gowns for babies who are stillborn or die soon after birth.
After hearing about Angel Gowns Australia on social media Rachel knew she had to get involved and has been overwhelmed with the community support she has received since starting the South Australian branch on April 8, 2014.
“It’s amazing how quickly everything has come together,” Rachel said.
“I already have 80 wedding dresses promised to me and people have been donating gift vouchers and sewing equipment.
“It’s very humbling to be involved in something like this and to have so much community support.”
Rachel knows how difficult it can be for parents whose child never got a chance at life, either due to being stillborn or dying as an infant, as her daughter, who would have been 16-years-old this year, was stillborn and she has suffered numerous miscarriages.
The mother of five said she wished Angel Gowns was around when she lost her daughters and she aims to have Angel Gowns in all hospitals around Australia so parents can choose which gown to have their baby buried in and not have to shop for a special outfit.
“I just think the more support we can give parents at that time will just allow them more time to do things with their babies,” Rachel said. “I have found my passion.
“It’s made me realise how many people out there have suffered a still birth or early birth. “Just to make a difference for these families and let them know there are people here to give them support.
“This is what we (Angel Gowns Australia) are trying to do. We want to give parents support so they can make memories with their little babies instead of shopping for a gown to bury them in.”
Angel Gowns SA is always looking for more gowns, washing powder, Napisan and sewing equipment such as ribbons, cotton thread, sewing needles, unpickers or gift vouchers for Spotlight or Lincraft.
To make a donation or to help with the sewing of the Angel Gowns or deconstruction of the dresses contact Rachel at firstname.lastname@example.org or on her Facebook page: facebook.com/AngelGownsSA.