On Saturday October 28, 2017 our world came crashing down. This is the day our precious daughter Stella died. That morning, at almost 39 weeks pregnant, I woke up not feeling any movement from our daughter. Anxiously we called our obstetrician's office and we were told to come in and check on the baby to make sure she was ok. Soon after our arrival, our worst fear was confirmed as the words "this is where we would normally see a heartbeat" trembled through my body. Our baby girl was gone.
I delivered Stella stillborn that same night after a labor induction. She was the most gorgeous sleeping girl we ever laid eyes on. We will never forget the time we spent with her: cuddling her, smelling her, kissing her, and just admiring our perfect girl. We spent 12 short hours with Stella in the hospital before we left heartbroken and with empty arms as we left her behind.
After losing Stella, I researched and read everything I could about stillbirth, and that is how I learned about the Cuddle Cot. The Cuddle Cot is a cooling bassinet that helps preserve a baby's body for up to three days after death, and it gives parents the gift of time.
To give other bereaved parents that gift of time with their baby; and to give back to the amazing Labor and Delivery staff at Hunterdon Medical Center, we would love to raise enough money to donate a Cuddle Cot in our Stella's honor. We have spoken with the appropriate staff at HMC, and they would happily accept our donation.
We feel so grateful for any and all donations, no matter how small, to help us reach our goal. Please share our story with your friends and family. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for supporting us.
- Caroline and Kevin Carroll