Octopus For a Preemie – USA


Written by Amy Rios Crochet Artist/SAHM


There is a new project that is sweeping the world trying to make life a little more comfortable for some of its tiniest and most fragile babies.  Started in Denmark, it has been found that a small stuffed octopus in the isolette can help calm the baby and keep them from grasping other tubes that are attached to them.  In the womb babies are very active and play with the umbilical cord throughout the day.  The tentacles are similar enough to the umbilical cord and seem to keep them more content.  Here in the USA there is a group on Facebook called Octopus for a Preemie -US.  I have since joined the group and have asked to become an Ambassador.  In the coming days I will be contacting surrounding hospitals to see if they are interesting in having some octopi for their NICU Department.  There are very strict standards for making octopi including the use of 100% cotton yarn, approved filler, dimensions of both the head and the tentacles and the stitching for the face.  If you are in the USA and interested in making these please join the group . The pattern and listing of approved materials are listed in the files section.

We are working on getting hospitals all over the country to participate.

List of Hospitals Accepting Donations as of April 26, 2017

Alabama                         Dothan                                    Southeast Medical Hospital

Arizona                           Mesa                                       Cardon’s Children’s Hospital

Tucson                                    Banner University Medical Center

California                      San Jose                                  Santa Clara Valley Medical Center

Los Angeles                            Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical                                                                                           Center

Santa Clarita                          Henry Mayo Hospital

Colorado                       Colorado Springs                   UC Health NICU

Wheat Ridge                           Lutheran Medical Center

Connecticut                  Danbury                                  Danbury Hospital

Connecticut Childbirth and Women’s

Florida                          Spring Hill                                BayFront Spring Hill

Melbourne                               Holmes Medical Center

Tampa                                       Saint Joseph’s Women’s Hospital

Trinity                                       Medical Center of Trinity

Illinois                           Chicago                                     University of Chicago Medical Comer’s                                                                                               Children’s Center

Springfield                                 Memorial medical Center

Indiana                         Southbend                                 Memorial

Mishawaka                               St. Joe NICU

Kansas                           Wichita                                      Via Chrisiti St Joseph

Kentucky                       Louisville                                   University of Lousville

Norton Children’s Hospital

Norton Women and Children’s                                                                                                            Hospital

Maryland                    Baltimore                                     University of Maryland Medical                                                                                                          Center

Michigan                    Flint                                                Hurley

Travers City                                  Munson Medical Center

Grand Blanc                                  Genesys

Minnesota                 Minneapolis                                  Children’s Hospital & Clinic                                                         Rochester                                       St Mary’s Hospital

Missouri                    Springfield                                     Mercy

St Louis                                           St. Louis Children’s Hospital

Nebraska                    Lincoln                                           St Elizabeth Regional Medical Center

North Carolina          Durham                                          Duke Hospital

Gastonia                                         Caromont Health

Ohio                             Canton                                           Mercy Medical Center

Oklahoma                  Tulsa                                               Saint Francis

Pennsylvania            Bethlehem                                     St. Luke’s University Health Network

Harrisburg                                    Holy Spirit

Pinnacle Health Hospital

Reading                                          Reading Hospital

South Carolina         Lancaster                                       Springs Memorial

Rock Hill                                        Piedmont Medical Center

Tennessee                 Memphis                                        The Med

Texas                          Amarillo                                         BSA

Flower Mound                               Texas health Presbyterian Hospital

Fort Worth                                       Medical City Alliance

Lubbock                                           UMC

Plano                                                 Texas Health Resources Plano

San Antonio                                    North Central Baptist

University Hospital

Utah                           Logan                                                Logan Regional

Cache Valley

Ogden                                                 Ogden Regional Medical Center

McKay Dee Hospital

Virginia                     Roanoke                                            Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital

West Virginia          Martinsburg                                      Berkley Medical Center

Wisconsin                Madison                                              Meriter Hospital

Waukesha                                           Waukesha Memorial Hospital

If you do not see a hospital near you on this list there are a lot of hospitals that are pending approval.  I will update this list regularly to reflect any changes.

If you want to donate octopi please do not drop off at any of the above listed hospitals. Please join the group, watch the videos on how to inspect your own octopi, use only the approved materials and send your completed octopi along with hook, yarn and filling information to an ambassador for inspection and approval.  The ambassadors are the contacts with the hospitals and will make sure that all approved octopi make it to a baby.

If you or a friend is in need of an octopus please send a private message to Sharon Skantz on Facebook.


Article updated 4/26/17





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