Losing a child is a devastating experience, and it can be especially difficult for parents who have to say goodbye to newborns just hours after their birth. One bereaved mother, whose baby boy died just 16 hours after birth, is sharing how she was comforted with the help of a Cuddle Cot. The technology of this crib-cooling device allows grieving parents to spend some extra time with their newborn after they have passed away, in an effort to ease the mourning process. Until a mother or father has been placed in this unthinkable situation, the concept may not make sense—but Becki Wilson described that additional time with her child as the most magical moments of her life.
“I got to dress him, got to wash him and got to stare at him for hours like any other mother would,” she told the Daily Mail. “Being able to do that made a dramatic difference. I felt like I was able to be a mom to him, and that’s something I’ll never forget.”
Becki started a JustGiving page to raise funds to donate Cuddle Cots to hospitals, in hopes they will become more accessible to mourning parents. She explained the process on her page:
“The Cuddle Cot enables a family whose baby has died to spend a little bit more time with them. The Cot cools the baby, slowing the natural processes that occur after death. A child is delivered but dies every four hours in [England] and this relatively new technology helps by allowing a fuller “cradle to grave” experience for traumatized parents in need of comfort.
The little ones are cleaned and weighed and measured. They are swaddled and snuggled as any other. Then they are placed in a Moses basket or crib, and lain on the eight-degree cooling pad, slowing down the effects of nature.”
source: WOMAN’S DAY