Red Bay High School students design clothing line

As part of the Health Occupations Students of America, students from Red Bay High School placed second at a state competition with their idea for clothing for babies in NICU. The team competes for national recognition in Dallas.

Posted: Apr 2, 2018 4:55 PM
Updated: Apr 2, 2018 6:34 PM

RED BAY, Ala. (WTVA) - A Franklin County, Alabama, school has earned bragging rights when it comes an organization for future health professionals.

Two different teams will compete for national HOSA recognition in the innovation category. HOSA stands for Health Occupations Students of America.

Last Monday, we featured the winning team developing a tele-presence program for students who couldn't attend school. A second team from Red Bay High School placed second at the state HOSA level.

Their innovation is based on developing a clothing line for infants in the hospital.

Kaylee Markham is a member of the Weecare Carewear team. She said there's nothing like a parent's touch, especially for newborns.

"And when you are picking up a bundle of wire, it doesn't feel like your child," Markham said.

It's called Weecare Carewear.

Sydney Hardin is also a member of this team.

"A lot of babies that are in the NICU are born early, they don't have clothes they can wear with all the EKGs," Hardin said.

The unique gowns feature ports, which allows a parent to hold their child in spite of the tubing and the EKGs.

HOSA encourages youth to look at the healthy industry with a fresh set of eyes.

The gowns are hand-sewn and each is personalized.

You will see hearts or flowers for little girls and sports for little boys.

"We tried to create a sense of normalcy for the parents because it's very stressful," Markham said.

The project even included making toboggans, which have a port on the front of the cap, but are see-thru in the back so you can see redness or swelling in the IVs.

In addition to researching pediatric journals about the importance of an infant's body temperature, students also had to learn how to sew.

Kay Hargett is an instructor at the Red Bay High School and serves as the advisor for HOSA.

"They went to Walmart and got patterns and cut it out and made it in class," Hargett explained.

Students are now studying how to patent their idea. Students also plan to design a junior clothing line for teens for another HOSA project.

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