Making A Difference: Wedding Dresses Made Into “Angel Gowns”

Posted at 2:29 PM, May 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-24 14:29:41-04

HARDIN COUNTY, Ky  (WAVE 3) – Two Kentucky women are using their sewing skills to create free burial gowns for babies who don’t survive to term or past childbirth. 

Amy Labriola and Bev Miller repurpose wedding dresses and make what they call "angel gowns" for the babies that never make it home. 

"We both have had three healthy babies each and feel very fortunate for that, but we know people have not," said Labriola. "Some of them are stillborn, passed away at birth, some are miscarriages."

Most people usually go into a hospital with an outfit to take their baby home in, but no one is prepared to find something to bury their child in. 

Ashley Sheehan said that on February 7, 2016, she was 26 weeks pregnant. 

"There were no heart tones for our son," said Sheehan. "He was one pound 13 ounces."

The gowns mean a lot to the parents of the babies that receive them. 

"We think of it as a happy thing. We are blessing a family by giving a family something to wear," said Labriola.