Garrett’s Gift is currently raising funds to purchase The CuddleCot for IU Health Bloomington Hospital Labor & Delivery/NICU. Many of you might be wondering what exactly is 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 hospitals 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 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 while they are placed into a morgue refrigerator to cool.
Please consider donating to this important cause to help families in our community.