‘Abrazos de Pulpitos’ is a non-profit, charity Project undertaken by volunteer knitters from all over the country. It’s been active in Argentina since February 2017.
We are part of the world-wide movement “Octopus for a preemie”, that was born in Denmark, in the year 2013 under the name Spruttegruppen and is currently present in various locations as, United States of America, Iceland, Netherlands, Germany, Turkey, Belgium, Spain, Australia, Israel, Italy, among others.
We have a bonded hospital chain, to whom we allocate our donations. The fist hospital in our country to associate to our project, and the one that received our first octopuses is the Maternity of the Hospital Penna, in Capital Federal.
Throughout these past 4 years, knitters all around the world have donated more than 29,000 octopuses. Since we started this initiative, we have donated more than 600 octopuses in our country and we are going for much more.
What is this project about?
‘Abrazos de pulpitos’ has the objective of knitting crochet octopuses following the original pattern (with a modification for Argentina that was authorized by Denmark) to help premature babies to promptly recover and give them a better quality of life during the period that they are hospitalized.
Premature babies spend long days hospitalized in Neonatal Nursery and during this period, attachment is a basic pillar for a quick evolution, for parents and mainly for the babies.
When dealing with premature babies, extreme caution is required, this is why it is essential to follow the original pattern when knitting the octopuses. This pattern details all the specifications required, regarding quality, size and materials that should be observed to prevent bacterial proliferation and to assure that the octopuses are safe for being in contact with the babies.
What is the octopus’s main function?
The octopus in placed inside the incubator and helps the baby to release stress.
Through the tentacles, babies remind one of the many intrauterine experiences that they still need, as being in contact with the umbilical cord. This has a direct impact in their vital signs as cardiac and respiratory frequency, body temperature and oxygen saturation, all of them essential for their neurological development. Moreover, observational studies indicate that this contact prevent babies to pull of the tubes they might have attached to their bodies.
The objective is to give the newly born an adequate environment that allow them, not only to cure from any pathology they might have but also to improve their emotional development, their nervous system and to initiate an attachment with their parents. This project develops the humanization of sanitary assistance in the first stages of life, promoting, among other aspects, the creation of kind environments in health centers.