Doctor in Rural Minnesota Ensures That Every Baby He Helps Deliver Gets a ‘Parting Gift’

May 22, 2019 Updated: May 29, 2019

Being a doctor requires  one to be noble, as patient care always comes before profits. Many medical practitioners have set an example as their acts of kindness resonate all through our lives.

Dr. Erik Bostrom, 33, is a family medicine doctor at Riverwood Healthcare Center in Aitkin, Minnesota. Helping deliver babies is part of his job and one that gives him utmost joy. But it just doesn’t stop at that; he goes the extra mile to make sure that every baby delivered at the center gets a blanket made by the doctor himself—as a“parting gift.”

Photo courtesy of Riverwood Healthcare Center

According to StarTribune, Dr. Bostrom reveals that most of “my time is spent looking after the sick and the old.” But the moment a baby is born, the atmosphere at the hospital changes into one of celebration and excitement. “It’s a really cool part of medicine,” he said.

Dr. Bostrom chose to practice in a rural area after completing his studies at the University of Minnesota. As a doctor, new to the profession, he wanted to do something that would help build a rapport with his patients. That’s when a colleague suggested sewing baby blankets.

“I just thought I had to do something to try and get patients to come see me as the new guy,” he told Fox9.

Photo courtesy of Riverwood Healthcare Center

The doctor, who was also an experienced woodworker, found himself in a bit of a fix. “I’ve sewn a lot of people, a lot of skin,” he joked. “But I never sewed fabric.”

Nevertheless, he decided to give it a try and sought help from his mother and sister-in-law, who run a small business making fancy pillows.

“They taught me how to use a sewing machine. It was actually a lot easier than I thought it would be,” he said.

Besides seeking out his mother and sister-in-law for help, he also watched a YouTube video to train himself.

The initial stages saw Dr. Bostrom sewing only the blankets with the warm and cuddly fabric on one side and flannel on the other. But his desire to do something really special for his patients saw him send the blankets out to be embroidered.

From then on, every baby that he helped deliver would get a cute blanket personalized with their name, date of birth, height, and weight. The best part was that the doctor taught himself how to do it when his embroiderer moved out.

His perseverance in sewing blankets eventually led him to find a machine that could do both the stitching and embroidery. It takes a minimum of three hours to make a blanket, and he has given out 15 blankets so far.

Dr. Bostrom has delivered about 240 babies so far.

Apparently, each cuddly blanket has about 20,000 stitches that go into its embroidery. So, Dr. Bostrom tries to first sew all the blankets and then do the embroidery.

“The best part of it in my mind is that it was made by Husqvarna, and that’s the same brand as my chain saw,” he said. “And I thought it was cool that I could cut down trees and sew baby blankets with the same brand of equipment.”

News of the doctor sewing blankets for newborns has spread throughout the town, and there is also an expectation among the moms-to-be. “They’re usually pretty excited,” he said. “A couple of them have teared up on me.”

Lacie Heitalati, one of his patients, recently gave birth to a little girl. “It’s a beautiful blanket. It’s something she’ll cherish her entire life. He takes the extra time out of his busy schedule to do this for his patients. That’s a lot,” she said.

Heitalati also added that Dr. Bostrom’s idea of gifting blankets is more than just a thoughtful gesture. Hospital visits aren’t something you’d enjoy, but in this case, it was one that she’d look forward to.

“Three years ago, if you had told me I would be creating gifts for people by sewing, I would have laughed at you,” the doctor said.

“But making something for someone makes it that much cooler. I never thought sewing could be so much fun,” he added.

The doctor also revealed that he would be getting married in May and said, “my fiancée is expecting me to make these for our children.”

Dr. Bostrom gives personalized care a whole new meaning and the folks at Aitkin know that they are lucky to have someone like him.

Indeed, kindness goes a long way.

Watch the video below:

Doctor sews blankets for all the babies he delivers

This doctor sews personalized blankets for every single baby he delivers ❤️️https://cbsn.ws/2RKYNvR

The Uplift 发布于 2018年12月21日周五

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