HELPING PARENTS: Midwife Cath Bennett is raising money to help grieving parents of stillborn babies.
HELPING PARENTS: Midwife Cath Bennett is raising money to help grieving parents of stillborn babies. Iain Curry

Cot helps parents grieve stillborns

A SPECIAL cooling cot that will give grieving parents more time with their stillborn children could be on its way to the Sunshine Coast Private Hospital.

Midwife Cath Bennett is helping group Talin's Cloud raise the $4000 needed for a CuddleCot.

It is believed it will be the first cot of its kind on the Coast, and one of only a handful in the state.

Only $500 more is needed for the equipment.

The CuddleCot is a special cooling pad that can be placed under any baby basket, crib, pram or bed.

It is connected by a specially insulated hose and is quietly cooled using the cooling unit.

It gives parents the option of more time with their child by keeping their bodies cool.

Ms Bennett said the CuddleCot was more dignified than current methods.

"It's just a more dignified way to keep the baby cool after a stillbirth," she said.

Talin's Cloud was named after Talin Hawkins, a young boy who died from diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) brain cancer in 2012.

"They have a cold room after the child dies," Talin's father Gerry Tye said.

"It's basically freezing and you're there in shock with your child who just died and it's just horrible.

"As a parent going through the worst event of your life, this cot can make it a bit easier."

Mr Tye said they were also fundraising for another cot to go to the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney.

TO DONATE

Go to facebook.com/TalinsCloud for more information.



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