A Cuddle Cot: “The Gift of Time”
When an expectant mother walks through the doors of a hospital it is such a happy time. Preparations are made to celebrate a baby’s arrival. Families come around the growing family and anticipate the joyful sounds of a newborn.
Well, it’s not that way for all moms and dads. Some go to the hospital to say hello and goodbye to their child and their dreams of joy are swallowed up in sorrow.
Most hospitals are not prepared to handle a grieving family who so longs to spend time with their baby by saying a gentle goodbye. Many babies are rushed away from the family and they are not given the opportunity to share, dress, photograph and make footprints of their child.
A baby’s presence with his/her family is a priceless gift that heals the most painful loss. When a family can hold, sing and rock their baby and allow siblings and extended family to share in the love, remarkable redemption can start to lift suffering.
The Cuddle Cot cooling method allows the maternity ward of a hospital to keep the baby with family for a long period of time during the mother’s hospital stay. Infant loss is a sad reality and no one has the ability to remedy the statistic that 21,000 babies are born still every year.
The state of Indiana has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the country. It is said, that a child dies every 16 hours in our state, that is devastating. Over the last 7 years, HKYN, through private funding and collaborating with families, has given over 35 Cuddle Cots to Indiana, and surrounding area hospitals.
Hear from real families about their Cuddle Cot experiences
Cuddle Cot Stories
Friday, November 30th, 2012. I was 38 weeks pregnant with my third baby. The day started out like any other day. I dropped my daughter Ava off at preschool; she was 4 at the time. Oliver, who was 2, and I headed off to Target. I was scheduled to be induced Monday...
My adventure and healing began about one full year ago. I first heard about He Knows Your Name and Linda on the radio during an early morning drive to work. She spoke about providing dignity for the death of young lives. My heart was touched and I wanted to know...
The Life: Unknown
The Legacy: Extended time to say good-bye