A very close friend gave birth to a beautiful baby boy, Matthew Michael, on Saturday 11th March 2017 at 15:01. Matthew weighed 1 pound 9 oz but sadly was born sleeping. I had the privilege of spending some time with Matthew and his Mum, thanks to a cuddle cot provided by the hospital
A cuddle cot is a specialised piece of equipment which is designed to keep baby cool to allow parents to spend up to 72 hours with baby. This cuddle cot allowed our friend to spend some irreplaceable and very precious time with Matthew.
We would like to raise as much money as possible to supply Darlington Memorial Hospital with another cuddle cot as they only have 2 on their ward. We would like to give other grieving families an opportunity to be able to use a cuddle cot in their time of need.
Anything you can donate, however small, will go to such an amazing cause.
Flexmort’s CuddleCot has been internationally recognised across the world as significantly 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 bereaved parents should be given the option of spending Time with their baby. Providing families Time through the use of the CuddleCot is internationally encouraged by midwives, bereavement practitioners, still birth/neonatal charities, and academics. Time allows the family to form an important bond with their baby; whether changing a nappy, dressing the baby, taking photographs or simply just staying close and this unquestionably helps families in dealing with their loss. The problem is that in a warm room the baby’s condition can deteriorate quickly, therefore cooling the baby is absolutely essential. Transferring to and from the morgue is now widely regarded as an outdated practice as it is traumatic for parents to repeatedly go through the separation process whereas the CuddleCot allows the family to spend every moment with their baby, precious moments where every minute counts.
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How does the CuddleCot™ help?
The CuddleCot™ system cools the baby in situ allowing the baby to remain with the family thereby providing the family time they want. The CuddleCot™ cooling pad is placed in any moses basket, crib, pram or bed; it is connected by a specially insulated hose and is quietly cooled using the CuddleCot™ cooling unit. The CuddleCot™ system comes in its own carry case with different size cooling pads for premature and full term babies.
The benefits of using the Flexmort CuddleCot™ system in helping a family deal with bereavement are widely accepted across the globe and the system is in worldwide use across maternity departments and children’s hospices e.g United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and the US. Please see testimonials and videos at the bottom of this page. The CuddleCot™ meets the rigorous hospital equipment applicable standards for use within hospital environments across the world (including UL 61010-1:2012 CAN/CSA-C22.2 NO. 61010-1-12) and our UK premises are inspected regularly by the relevant organisations who issue certification/approvals. The CuddleCot has also passed rigorous hospital infection control standards on all aspects of the equipment and the CuddleCot is also designed to reduce the risks of microbial growth within the system.
The CuddleCot has featured on numerous news programmes across the world, please see bottom of this page. The CuddleCot has also featured in numerous newspapers e.g. the UK’s The Daily Mail and also mentioned in an interview with the the New York Times. There have been numerous radio interviews regarding the experience of bereaved families using the CuddleCot, including CBC News (Edmonton, Canada) including the parents of Lera Grace Kiers (Jan 2015). Click Here