If you are a parent, I want you to think back to eagerly preparing for your child after announcing your pregnancy. You prepared the perfect nursery, installed a car seat, chose his or her “coming home” outfit and much more. Excitement continued to grow every day. But, for some expecting parents, their babies never make it home from the hospital.
Stillbirth affects 1 in 100 pregnancies. And unfortunately, 550 to 660 babies are stillborn in Michigan each year. When a child is stillborn, the hospital usually takes the child away from the parents quickly, without allowing the parents the chance for a proper goodbye. My family suffered a tremendous loss when my baby brother was stillborn on April 1, 1998 at 30 weeks gestational age. Sadly, at the hospital where Mom delivered, my parents were not given the opportunity to see their first and only son. We never got to know what or who he looked like, we never got to hold and kiss him or even tell him how much we loved him. All we know is that he was born an angel.
Our goal is to give parents and babies the gift of time. This is where the CuddleCot comes in.
A CuddleCot is a cooling bassinet that delays the deterioration process, giving the parents the gift of time to dress their baby, read them a book, bathe them, hold and kiss them, whisper “I love yous” into their ears, and experience the beautiful first moments that us new mommies and daddies are blessed to have.
I learned about the CuddleCot when my husband and I came face-to-face to the reality of coming so close to losing our first and only child, Manny Ray, at 21 weeks gestation on March 1, 2017. Ever since then, I’ve never felt so strongly to advocate for something as I do now. I still remember our doctor sitting down with us and explaining to us the real risk of delivering my baby that very day and him not surviving. We are so, so blessed that our son was born extremely healthy and that we walked out of the hospital with our world in our arms.
We are asking our friends and family to help us donate a CuddleCot, as well as bereavement books and mementos for patients experiencing pregnancy loss, to the University of Michigan Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital. I truly hope you will consider joining us in giving these parents the precious gift of time.
Any amount, whether it’s $5 or $100, will help me immensely in reaching my goal!
Thank you from the bottom of my heart in advance for your love and support.
With love, Stephen, Manny & Maria Good