Cuddle Cot for SE Minnesota
$2,201 of $7,500 goal
Imagine that you have just carried a baby inside you and you've been dreaming about what he or she will look like and what activities they will enjoy as they grow up only to learn that your baby no longer has a heart beat. After you deliver your baby you only get to keep your baby in your arms and in your room for so long and their tiny body begins to deteriate. What if the option existed that instead of your baby having to be put in the morgue to stay cool the baby could instead stay in your room on a cooling blanket. Which would you prefer?
There is a product called a Cuddle Cot ( http://flexmort.com/cuddle-cots) and it gives a truly priceless gift to these families. It allows them to spend more time with their baby and begin to grieve their loss. It gives more time for family and friends to meet the baby and grieve with the parents. It gives more time to take photographs and memorize all of their features. It gives them time.
Cuddle Cot #1 - Mayo Clinic Health System - Albert Lea, MN - donated September 2016
Cuddle Cot #2 - Mercy in Mason City, IA - donated December 2016
Cuddle Cot #3 - Olmstead Medical Center in Rochester, MN - donated December 2017
a testimonial from Lacey..... Everyone experiences loss their own way. Grief is a personal journey that truly never ends it just changes. We never stop missing those that we lose, but in some instances loss is known and even accepted. However, when parents lose a child, that is never accepted. I lost my daughter 2 years ago when I was 5 months pregnant and I can personally say that there is no pain like it. As a mother we are supposed to protect our children and when we are not able to, it leaves us confused, upset, and angry. We blame ourselves. We feel like failures and it is a pain that is impossible to fully describe. Not only did I lose my baby, I lost the end of my pregnancy, the normal labor and birth process, the first cry, the snuggles,.. smiles, laughs, steps, starting school, and so on. I lost a lifetime of hopes, dreams, and memories that should have been. I'm also a labor and delivery nurse and in my job I see other families who also have to bare the pain of losing their child and all their hopes and dreams that should have been. I have made it my personal mission to try to make those times the best they can be for those families in such a hard time. They deserve to have the best memories that we can provide them with and spend the most amount of time with their precious baby as they can. Many parents begin to feel that they've reached a time limit and should no longer keep their baby with them in their room. We don't ever tell them they can't keep their baby, this is their own fear and perhaps discomfort with the natural deterioration process. Having a cuddle cot would undeniably snuff those fears and would give the parents peace of mind with their decision to keep their baby with them longer. This would be an amazing gift of a little more time for those parents that time is just too short.