She always knew the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit was where she wanted to work.
In the 32 beds, there are all kinds of babies: many premature, some with birth complications, jaundice, heart defects, breathing difficulties.
"It's usually not a planned thing," Frazer said of these circumstances. "The families are usually shocked and upset, stunned by having to come there, so Edyie's blankets offer something that just reminds them — this is their baby, it's a boy or girl, it's going to be okay," she continued. "It normalizes the baby and makes them seem like less of a sick child."
Most of the babies have to remain undressed so their breathing can be monitored properly. Having a blanket beneath them or at their bedside provides comfort to parents.
In rare cases, there are infants that nurses and parents know are going to pass away.
The hospital makes tiny memory boxes for them, filled with clay imprints of their hands and feet and other keepsakes. If they were swaddled in one of the blankets, it too is put in the box.
"I have families tell me later they still take the blankets out to remember their babies," Frazer explained. "To have something that's not hospital-white is really special to them."
The GFWC Newington/Wethersfield Woman's Club buys all their own fabric and makes the blankets in workshops all throughout the year.
Anyone who would like to make a donation to help with costs can e-mail Edyie Steimer at johnandedyie(at)cox.net.
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