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The Gift of Time with a Cuddle Cot

Have you heard about our Cuddle Cot program?

When a woman, obviously heavy with child, walks through the doors of your hospital she undoubtedly receives smiles and knowing nods of approval. Such a happy time! Who isn’t elated when getting ready to meet their baby for the first time? Unfortunately, some of those women will be walking in knowing that hello also means good­bye as they’ve already been told the baby they’ve looked forward to for so long has already passed from life into death.

Still birth affects 25,000 families per year, yet most hospitals aren’t equipped to allow parents even an hour with their child. That’s why we are so grateful that a generous anonymous donor gave a Cuddle Cot to Wayne UNC Health Care. The Cuddle Cot was donated so that families who have fetal losses can spend more time with their babies. It may not save a life, but it can be the very first thing a couple going through this tragedy has to be thankful for: the gift of time.

The Cuddle Cot is an in-room cooling unit that is the size of a small humidifier. This gift of time allows precious hours for bonding, pictures, plaster molds to be taken, and other family members to come and meet the baby before the natural changes that occur in death become more apparent. To learn more about the Cuddle Cot, click here.

At Wayne UNC Health Care, we also have a program called Angel Kisses. This is a group of ladies who have experienced loss first hand who are taking donated wedding dresses, prom dress, and bridesmaid dresses and making them into dresses or rompers for these babies. Families are provided the opportunity to dress the baby themselves or to take home a gown as a keepsake.

“Both of these items help to allow for a painful event to be less traumatic and allow for bonding and closure,” said Cathy Noonan, our perinatal social worker covering Labor & Delivery, Postpartum, and Pediatrics. If you would like more information on how you can donate your special dresses to Angel Kisses, please contact Cathy at catherine.noonan@waynehealth.org.