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The Layette Program

This program has touched the lives of many families who have given birth at The Ottawa Hospital over the past 14 years. Since 2009, the program provided newborn essentials: onesies, sleepers, receiving blankets, washcloths among other necessities. 

Each year, the rising cost of living impacts many, including single parents, newcomers, those earning below a living wage and families who struggle to afford essentials.  The layette sets offer the joy of being able to provide something new to their baby and the gratitude expressed by those parents upon receiving a layette is heartwarming. 

With continued support of this program, Social Work will be able to gift layette sets to families in need and make a positive difference in their lives as they welcome their newborn.”  

Karen Dryden-Kiser, Social Worker

Program Mission

The Layette Program is committed to providing essential support to mothers and hospitalized patients in need. Our aim is to offer a helping hand during critical times by supplying vital items for newborn care who lack family support or financial means.

The arrival of a baby is a joyous yet challenging time, especially for mothers facing financial difficulties.The joy of going home is tempered by the realization that they lack basic items for the trip home.

What We Do

Support for Mothers: We provide layettes, which are packages of essential items for newborns, including clothing, blankets, and basic care products, to mothers who need them.

How We Help

Easing the Transition: By providing essential items for their newborns, we help alleviate some of the financial burden on the mothers, allowing them to focus on their baby’s health and well-being.

Fostering a Supportive Community: Our program is a testament to the power of community support, showing those in need that they are not alone during challenging times.

Interested in Supporting Our Work?

In moments of new beginnings and times of vulnerability, the power of a community’s support can be life-changing. The Layette Program is built on this belief – that together, we can provide comfort and dignity to mothers facing hardships. Our goal is to extend the program so that we reach more mothers and babies and to provide more assistance to those most in need. Your contributions can significantly impact the lives of those we serve.

How Can You Help

Financial Contributions: Monetary donations are vital in sustaining our program, allowing us to
purchase supplies in bulk and cater to specific needs that arise

Spread the Word: Help us reach more people by sharing our mission with your network. Awareness is
key to our growth and ability to help more individuals.

Every donation, big or small, contributes to a larger story of hope, support, and community solidarity.
With your help, we can ensure that mothers feel supported in their journey and maintain their dignity and self-respect.

Thank you for considering a contribution to our program.