Catskill Regional Medical Center recently held a dedication ceremony for the addition of a CuddleCot™ to its Birthing Center.

For parents, parting with a stillborn baby is the first part of what can be a long and difficult grieving process. The CuddleCot™ device aims to make that journey a little easier.

The CuddleCot™ is a cooling unit and, when placed within a Moses basket, pram, bassinet or crib, provides precious hours of bonding with a baby who has passed away before the natural changes that occur in death become more apparent.

“There is no comparison to the gift of time during these circumstances,” said Catskill Regional Medical Center Chair Joan Farrow. “It’s important that this meaningful choice be offered to our grieving patients and their families.”

The CuddleCot™ purchase for Catskill Regional Medical Center was made possible by the generous donations of the Catskill Regional Medical Center Foundation, Foundation Chair, Joan Farrow, and the Farrow Family.

In collaboration with Madison’s Miracles, this CuddleCot™ is giving the gift of time to grieving families. The CC affords families time with their baby during the most trying of circumstances. This is time that helps many begin coping with loss, even when beyond consolation, and their heart’s healing journey begins.

“Across the board almost all the parents we spoke with wish they would have spent more time with their baby. All the parents who were offered used a CuddleCot™,” said Madison’s Miracles Founder Christina Stamper. “All are very grateful it was available to them. They credit its use as being a solid, healthy way to begin their mourning and grieving journey.”