Cuddle Cot Now Available to Grieving FirstLight Parents Who suffer Fetal Loss

Obstetrics Department receives grant from the Volunteer group for purchase

June 14, 2019 – Mora, MN – Delivering a stillborn baby or losing an infant within the first 28 days (fetal loss) is devastating to parents. Many parents wish to have time to hold and say goodbye to their infant in the comfort of their hospital room. The Cuddle Cot, a cooled bassinet that helps preserve the baby’s body after passing, allows grieving parents to spend precious time with their infant and start the healing process. Recently, FirstLight received funds to purchase a Cuddle Cot through a grant program funded by the FirstLight’s Healthcare Volunteer group.

According to the March of Dimes, stillbirth affects about one in 100 pregnancies each year in the United States, or about one percent of all pregnancies. With the number of births at FirstLight increasing by 50 percent over the past two years, they wanted to be prepared for all outcomes, including those experiencing fetal loss.

“From a clinical perspective, there are only a few hours available to parents after a baby passes, and for many parents that’s just not long enough” said Jamie Hendrix, RN, a FirstLight nurse supervisor, certified lactation consultant and prenatal educator. “The Cuddle Cot gives parents the gift of time, before the natural changes that occur in death become more apparent.”

In late 2018, Hendrix and other members of the obstetrics department formed a focus group to help parents who had suffered fetal loss to better understand how the hospital could support their needs. The group identified the Cuddle Cot, which is the size of a small humidifier disguised inside of a Moses basket, pram or bassinet. Research has proven that having a unit available to parents during their hospital stay encourages families to spend time with their baby.

“While the Cuddle Cot is an option that we never wanted to need, we are grateful to the Volunteer group for enabling us to purchase it,” said Hendrix. “Our OB department wants to support our patients in every way possible when they choose to deliver in or near to their hometown.”

Christina Stamper, founder of Madison’s Miracles and mother of a stillborn child, worked with FirstLight Health System to secure the Cuddle Cot and help parents begin their mourning and grieving journey. The Cuddle Cot was developed by Flexmort, the trading name of Roftek Ltd., a European company. For more information about the Cuddle Cot visit flexmort.com/cuddle-cots.

FLHS Fetal Loss committee members: Hailey Hemmerich (MSW, LGSW), Tara Wren (RN), Tim Patenaude (RN, BSN), Lori Peterson (MSW, LGSW), missing: Dr. D. Bergman and Charity Felde (RN)