November 18—Claremore resident Taylor Galvan spent two months in the neonatal intensive care unit at Hillcrest Hospital with her son, Jensen.
Jensen was born 30 weeks and five days premature in July. He was two weeks old when he was able to wear pajamas for the first time.
“They put on pajamas when we weren’t there,” Galvan said. “And so when we came to visit him, he was wearing like that like rags, I mean, they weren’t, like terrible, but they’re like missing buttons and were obviously very worn pajamas.”
Galvan was informed that the NICU was dependent on donations of baby pajamas. Last week Galvan’s cousin had a baby and she overheard the nurses saying they were using their own money to buy pajamas for the babies.
“It really touched my heart that the nurses were saying, you know, they use their own money to go buy pajamas at Carter’s when they’re on sale,” she said. “They already do so much to take care of our little babies because we can’t be there the whole time they’re there.”
Galvan created the first PJs for Preemies player. New or gently used preemie pajamas are accepted through Jan. 31 at five locations in Rogers County: Sugar Sugar Bake Shop, 119 W. Blue Starr Drive; Wildflour Baking Co., 522 W. Will Rogers Blvd.; Make IT Special Rental, 618 W. Eighth St.; Casey’s, 26267 S. 4110 Road; and AnnLee’s Violet Light Project, 140 N. Broadway, Suite 5, in Inola.
The goal is to collect 100 pajamas to donate to Hillcrest Hospital Main and Hillcrest South, she said.
“Nobody expects to have a premature baby, they don’t plan for that,” she said. “And clothes for preemies are really hard to find.”
Galvan said she hopes when that happens, parents and nurses won’t have to worry about their baby’s pajamas while in hospital.
“Hopefully this will ease the burden on parents when they are in NICU, it’s like one less thing for them to worry about,” she said.
Galvan hopes to make PJs for Preemies an annual campaign and receive enough donations to donate pajamas to other hospitals as well.