Saturday, October 19, 2019

NEW ADDRESS: Minutes of Gold - Infant Bereavement

Go to our new website:  Minutes of Gold-Infant Bereavement Garments. View updates for hospitals served, new buntings and designs, Testimonials and ordering information!  A must for hospital Birthing Centers Bereavement program!

NEW WEBSITE: Minutes of Gold-Infant bereavement garments

Saturday, May 12, 2018


Thank you so much for your help in supporting AB 2259, which will provide parents who experienced a stillbirth, up to $2,000 in tax credit to help cover their medical bills and final arrangement costs.
If you have any specific questions, please email Richard May,
Send 2 emails:
  1. One to your assembly member, you can find HERE. With a CC to from Assembly Member Patterson’s office.
  2. The other to Assemblywoman Autumn Burke. With a CC to from Assembly Member Patterson’s office.
E-mail Subject Line: (Your Organization) Supports AB 2259
[Add to organization letterhead (if applicable). We suggest you cut and paste this into a Word document and save this document to a pdf before sending.]

The Honorable Autumn R. Burke (or personalize for your own assemblymember)
Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation
1020 N Street, Room 167A
Sacramento, California 95814
RE: SUPPORT Assembly Bill 2259 (Patterson) – Personal income taxes: credit: still birth
Dear Chair Burke,
Please accept this letter of SUPPORT for AB 2259. This bill will provide much-needed financial relief to parents who have experienced a still birth.
In addition to the emotional toll, there are considerable financial hardships resulting from a still birth, including medical bills, funeral arrangements, and even grief counseling. In fact, the typical medical cost for a still birth is higher than a live birth, yet only parents who have a live birth are afforded tax relief when both have made the same arrangements in preparation for the baby.
AB 2259 will provide parents who have experienced a still birth with a tax credit of up to $2,000.00 to assist with associated healthcare and burial costs for the taxable year in which the still birth occurred. While this bill can’t take away from the loss they’ve experienced, it can provide incredible relief families in need.
(Optional: you can add your personal story here with respect to stillbirth and finances.)
I am in SUPPORT of AB 2259 because of the reasons stated above.

Return to Zero and Three Minus One

In case you missed the airing on Lifetime Network, you can watch RETURN TO ZERO on DVD! Purchase the film on Amazon, stream on Netflix, or rent it on iTunes or Amazon Instant.

In addition, you can purchase a copy of THREE MINUS ONE through Amazon.

Friday, September 25, 2015



Most Popular:  Little Boy Layettes and 18 - 26 week Angel Gowns Layettes

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Important Information for Healing

Be aware that you are not alone.  
Many thanks to Kiley and Sean Hannish for continuing their quest to help others suffering from a pre-term or still birth.

Sunday, April 19, 2015


Northern Westchester Hospital of Mt. Kisco, New York, has an "OLIVER'S CLOSET", Infant Bereavement program. We have provided special memorial layettes donated in memory of OLIVER COHLAN HUGHES, born sleeping on January 25, 2013.  Appropriate clothing for infants born too soon brings comfort to their unprepared families that have only 'minutes' to say good-bye to their tiny family member. Thanks to Oliver's Grandmother and others for organizing this valuable service.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

NEW ITEM: Miscarriage Buntings

This is a valuable tool requested by Emergency Rooms. This comes with a moisture resistant liner and a tiny heart charm that may easily be removed for a keepsake.  Most parents want to see this tiny lost pregnancy. This bunting provides dignity and comfort to the family. Most are crochet in white or variegated colors.  

Sunday, January 11, 2015


Another eventful year of growth and support for our Volunteer Organization.

Adding 23 Hospitals from Alaska, and 10 more including 1 from Hawaii, the new total served: 249
Starting in 1992 with 6 layettes in Woodland CA, the grand total for the 38 states now served: 21,872

Highlights for 2014:

MARCH:  Lifetime TV aired the Real Life story of Sean and Kiley Hanish, writers producers of the movie, RETURN TO ZERO, staring Minnie Driver and Paul Aldenstein. 

APRIL:  After 18 years of making layettes in Salome, AZ, the volunteers had to end their annual contributions. Sadly the workshops there were unable to continue, mostly due to illnesses. Salome was the headquarters for the program from 1996 to 2004.

AUGUST:  Our satellite group in Alaska had to close doors due to health problems.  They had 23 hospitals served. Those hospitals will now be supplied as needed by the Oregon Headquarters.

MEMORIAL LAYETTES: During the year we dedicated 40 layettes to various hospitals donated in honor of babies born sleeping. This helps the grieving families not only to have something appropriate to dress their baby in but help to know they are not alone.

Sunday, October 12, 2014


We sent an introductory supply of our layettes to Torrance Memorial Medical Center in Torrance, California, hospital #247.  This is an important addition to our list of hospitals because this is the hospital featured in the recent movie, RETURN TO ZERO. Each of the layettes contained a small card reading, "DONATED in MEMORY of  NORBERT KREKORIAN HANISH. 7/12/2005". This is a true story of Love, Loss and Hope, written and directed by the Hanish's. Return to Zero is available on We are pleased to provide our gifts to this hospital so that future families will have appropriate clothing for viewing their baby 'born sleeping' and items to keep for memorial keepsakes. Thanks for the Hanish's for producing this important film.

Friday, August 15, 2014


We have a special "Angel", Nancy A. from Anchorage, along with her volunteer group, has supplied nearly every hospital in Alaska, with our tiny layettes made for early loss pregnancies.
Nancy recruited many Alaskan natives to help as well as a sister in Michigan and others feeling the need to work on this project.  Minutes of Gold represents caring people that spend "Minutes" with their handwork in helping grieving families that only have "Minutes" to spend with their tiny family member, born sleeping.  Listing below are the 23 cities served:
Anchorage (3), Barrow, Bethel, Cordova, Dillingham, Elmondorf, Fairbanks, Homer, Juneau, Ketchikan, Kodiak, Kotzebue, Nome, Palmer, Petersburg, Seward, Sitka (2), Soldotna, Valdez and Wrangell.  A big Kudoo to Nancy and all that have helped to touch the lives of many, many people.

Monday, April 14, 2014


Our latest additions are:

Baltimore MD, Medstar Frankllin Square Hospital
San Diego CA, Sharp Mary Birch Hospital
Juneau AK, Bartlett Medical Center

Blessings to all those caring nurses that are keeping up with bereavement programs for stillbirths.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


Three years ago I had no idea Minutes of Gold existed. Their volunteers make tiny bereavement garments for babies born too soon, and donate the items to hospitals. Garments for babies like my girls. My two tiny little daughters were dressed and wearing tiny hats and wrapped in blankets thanks to Minutes of Gold.  I talk to them. I look at their pictures. I keep them on my dresser.  In their pictures it looks like they are sleeping.
Every 20 minutes a mother loses a baby from a preterm or still birth.  Every day 116 mothers in America join me.
On January 21, 2011, and then again on February 4, 2011; I became a statistic. I became a face of pregnancy loss. My loss has altered the course of my life. I only carried them for 21 and 23 weeks respectively but my girls changed me forever.
It’s been three years now, but I still wonder… “Would Tierney still look like me? Would Eden still look like her dad?”
I am grateful to Minutes of Gold because they recognized these are tiny babies, not just numbers in a statistical listing.

Jennifer “Jake” Ibarra is an SBD University graduate, San Francisco Native and mother to six including her preterm twin angels. Her personal experience combined with extensive birth and bereavement training make her an invaluable asset to the DoulaSpot team. For Jake's full story click here:
*Photo courtesy of Jake and her family

Monday, December 23, 2013

News of our Year End totals for 2013


At our annual Volunteer Christmas Gathering in December, Carol Slaugh, founder and coordinator of our program, announced that this past year we have added 12 new hospitals to our growing list of hospitals served.
CALIFORNIA:  Chula Vista / Sharp CVMC;  Santa Clara / Santa Clara Co Valley MC
IOWA:  Sheldon / Sanford MC Sheldon
MONTANA:  Browning Blackfeet Community
NEW JERSEY:  Secaucus / Meadowlands Hospital
NEW YORK:  Hudson / Columbia Memorial
TENNESSEE:  Murfreesboro / St Thomas Rutherford MC;  Nashville / Centennial Women's
WASHINGTON:  Seattle / Swedish Ballard MC; Seattle / UWMC
WISCONSIN:  Sheboygan / St Nicholas Hospital;  River Falls / River Falls Area Hospital

Embellishing , Labor of Love, Florence, Oregon


A satellite group that began in 2007, in Wellton, Arizona, has continued to grow as well. Up until now, we have kept the Wellton statistics separate. They have been serving 26 new hospitals that we had not reported on this Website.  The Wellton volunteers are headed up by Sandy Sagert from British Columbia. That group has continued to produce Minutes of Gold layettes each winter season and is responsible for the hospitals listed below.  (Sandy also started a group in Canada but those are not listed here or included in these totals)  We are listing all of the hospitals now in order to give a true picture of the work that we have done.
ARIZONA:  Casa Grande / Regional Hospital;  Show Low / Summit Health Center
COLORADO:  Denver / St Joseph;  Denver / Denver Health Hospital;  Westminster / St Anthony
         North Hospital
IDAHO:  Malad City / Oneida County Hospital
MINNESOTA:  Duluth / SMDC;  Grand Rapids / Grand Itasca MC;  Hibbing / Fairview MC;
        Princeton / Fairview Northland MC;  Staples / Lakewood Health System;  Shakopee / St                 Francis MC;  Virginia / Virginia Regional MC; Worthington / Worthington Regional Hospital
MONTANA:  Havre / Northern Montana Hospital
NEBRASKA:  Omaha / Alegent Health Bergan Mercy Hospital
NEW MEXICO:  Albuquerque / UNM Hospital;  Deming / Mimbres Memorial
NORTH DAKOTA:  Fargo / Essentia Health
OKLAHOMA:  Norman / Norman Regional
SOUTH DAKOTA:  Souix Falls / Avera McKennman Hospital;  Souix Falls / Sanford Women's             Health
WISCONSIN:  Chippewa Falls / St Joseph;  Eau Claire / Luther Middleford Hospital; 
         Eau Claire / Sacred Heart Hospital;  New Richmond / Holy Family Hospital

Wednesday, August 28, 2013


From our Oregon Headquarters,when a recipients of our gifts sends us a donation, we may offer  memorial layettes to be sent the hospital of their choice.  We do this by adding a small memorial card to each layette in a special order.   This card will read as: Donated by, name and date of the family's lost little one. This way the memory of their baby lives on and the future family that receives it will know that they are not alone.