MARIETTA, GA (WCMH)– When Michele Mahony read she could repurpose her wedding gown into bereavement clothing for infants, she knew she could make a difference.
According to WSB-TV, the Georgia nurse’s wedding dress made about 20 outfits, including dresses for girls and vests for boys, in for babies of different sizes and weights.
“I knew I wanted to use my dress for this purpose, but I didn’t have the ability to make the infant gowns,” Mahony, assistant nurse manager for the WellStar Douglas Hospital emergency department told WSB-TV.
Mahony, who has experienced two perinatal losses of her own, said could identify with families with such a loss, according to Wellstar Health System.
“They have such a small amount of time to spend with their babies,” Mahony said. “I couldn’t think of any better way to use my wedding dress.”
Mahony teamed with nurse Blanche Albin, who is a seamstress, to make the outfits for the families. Both were recognized by Wellstar and were awarded a Shining Team Award for Compassion.