We are often asked lots of questions, everything from how to help to how to cope.
Please note that if materials arrive and are unusable due to damage, mold or if it has been kept in the vacinity of smoking, we cannot afford to have these items cleaned sufficiently nor can we use resources to return them.
CAN I HAVE PHOTOS OF MY GOWN BEFORE AND AFTER?
Unfortunately we to provide photos of what is made of individual's gowns. We do our absolute best to try and get photographs the final sets before they are packed, sealed and delivered. However we cannot promise or guarantee that this is always the case simply because we have to work to keep up with demand and there are occasions when we receive emergency calls which leave us no time for photos. With limited resources, we have to use our time as wisely as possible. In most cases, we manage at a minimum group photos when a large number of gowns are ready for delivery, although we are not able to tag individuals when posting to social media.
WHERE DO ALL THE GOWNS COME FROM?
We have been incredibly blessed to have received gowns from all over the world. Generally most gowns come directly from brides. These gowns are prioritized ahead of other donations.
We have been fortunate to have been chosen by a number of bridal designers as well. Stephanie Allin and Benjamin Roberts have provided significant donations of gowns and materials of outstanding quality.
We have had incredibly generous support from the Red Cross Shop in Stockbridge, Edinburgh. Rosa and her team are wonderful and always make sure we are never short on materials.
WHAT DOES IT COST?
As we are an entirely voluntary group the costs associated are haberdashery, supplies(thread, laundry products, etc), printing, nominal costs for running the charity, insurance, shipping/postage, packing materials, utilities, etc. All things factored the average cost per set is around £10 from start to delivery.
If you would like to make a donation to support Zaagi please text or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
CAN I HAVE A KEEPSAKE OF MY GOWN?
Of course! You can take off your gown anything you like, its your gown. However we cannot offer to make a keepsake as we must spend what time is available in producing the baby loss sets.
HOW CAN I HELP?
We are always in need of extra hands. If you have a particular talent or interest we would love to chat with you. There is always things to do from social media/website, to thank you notes, sewing, cutting, packaging, helping with fundraising or just helping to raise awareness about baby loss.
Why do we do this?
In the UK, stillbirth and neonatal deaths mean 17 babies die every day. You wouldn't think in this day of scientific miracles babies could still be lost. It is a subject that no one wants to talk about, that mother's are not advised of but sadly still happens all too often.
In the UK, 1 out of every 4 pregnancies will end in miscarriage. That is approximately 250,000 infant losses every year in this country alone. You always hear "the first 12 weeks" but nearly 40% of miscarriages occur between 12 to 23 weeks.
In the UK, 1 in 8 babies are born premature(prior to 37 weeks) every year which is approximately 70,000 babies every year which means 12% of all babies born will need intensive treatment and the services of a special care baby unit.
We are working closely with local NHS services, community groups and charities to do our small part in supporting these families.