Praise God we were able to raise enough money to provide a CuddleCot for "The Birthplace" at Caromont Hospital in Gastonia, NC in honor of our son, Solomon! I pray it provides a little extra comfort as families at the Birthplace will now have the option to spend more time with their baby if they so choose. This is all thanks to your generous donations, so from the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU!
But we don't want to stop there! There are more hospitals in our community where families will tragically have to say goodbye to their baby far too soon, and we'd like to give them the option of utilizing a Cuddle Cot as well. Each Cuddle Cot costs approx. $2800. So we are keeping this fundraising page open with the high hopes of being able to provide a cuddle cot to each of the surrounding hospitals in Gaston County, NC.
What is a Cuddle Cot? In short, it is a cooling cot that helps provide the gift of time to grieving families who have lost a child by late-term miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant death. Since these devices are not deemed "medically necessary," hospitals depend on donations to receive these amazing machines.
While the loss of a baby may be an uncomfortable topic, there continues to be far too many families in our community who desperately need comfort and support after the trauma of losing their child. The CuddleCot is one way to help parents as they say goodbye to their precious babies and take those first steps down the difficult road of grief.
You can read more about the CuddleCot below. I also urge you to watch the attached video of a powerful testimony from a grieving mom, as well as hospital staff, on how this machine has made a deep impact in their lives and work.
Thank you all for helping us serve grieving families in our community!
Andrew and Tiffany
Why the CuddleCot?
"The CuddleCot is internationally recognized across the world as helping parents who suffer the loss of a baby. Dealing with the death of a baby is clearly an incredibly difficult event for parents and an increasing number of US/Canadian hospitals are looking at how they can improve their bereavement services to parents.
A major way that hospital’s and hospices can improve their services is to provide bereaved parents with the option of spending time with their baby. Providing families time is internationally encouraged by midwives, bereavement practitioners, still birth/neonatal charities, academics and is also recognized in International Position statements/guidance. This “time” allows the family to form an important bond with their baby; whether changing a nappy, dressing the baby or simply just to stay close as this can help families in dealing with their loss. The problem is that in a warm room the baby’s condition can deteriorate quickly which parents often find distressing. Therefore cooling the baby is absolutely essential; however parents do not want the trauma of being separated from their baby whilst they are placed into a mortuary refrigerator to cool." -from the Flexmort website