Cuddle Cots and Feileacain
“Féileacáin (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Association of Ireland – SANDAI) is a not for profit organisation (CHY – 19635) that aims to offer support to anyone affected by the death of a baby during pregnancy or shortly after. The organisation was formed by a group of bereaved parents who supported each other after the death of their own babies and have now come together to formally offer support to other parents and families who find themselves in a similar situation.
In July 2012 we began the roll out of the Flexmort Cuddle Cot Project which provided a Cuddle Cot Unit to each of the maternity hospitals across Republic of Ireland. The response from parents who used the first few Cuddle Cot Systems was incredibly positive and so, within a few short months we were happy to provide eighteen 18 hospitals with the system, and are happy to report that the number is growing. Our objective is to provide each hospital in the country with a Cuddle Cot for use by bereaved parents.
As most people are aware, the appearance of deceased babies changes very rapidly (sometimes within a couple of hours), and the Cuddle Cot significantly slows this process, allowing bereaved parents the time they need with their baby. By cooling the baby, the parents are given the gift of time with their child, which has greatly assisted parents in forming cherished memories during this most traumatic time.
The Cuddle Cot is also very useful in situations where mothers could not see their babies immediately due to medical procedures and so on. The cuddle Cot also meant that relatives, such as grandparents, can visit the whole family especially if they have some distance to travel. It has even allowed some parents, time to arrange a photographer to take pictures of the family and the photographers are always impressed with how well the Cuddle Cot has looked after the baby. This is very important for some parents who otherwise may not have the opportunity to take family photos at this time.
We understand that the Cuddle Cot is a new concept in other countries and are happy to share our incredibly positive experience with the system. The system is easy to use and can simply be switched on and left to function. The Cuddle Cot has certainly assisted Irish families bereaved through stillbirth and neonatal death and we would encourage other charities and hospitals to seriously consider its use. Spending time with a deceased child can greatly aid the grieving process and the use of a cuddle Cot is a valuable resource in supporting this situation.”
Development Officer/Bereaved Parent