Talking About Stillborn Babies – 2015 Milwaukee Pediatrics Conference


The 2015 Milwaukee Pediatrics Conference discussed a very sensitive topic – stillborn babies.

There are cases when unexpected things happen. Parents who waited for nine months to see their baby, but the infant dies before it he or she born. It could be that the baby dies after the birth which is so devastating for them. Parents are sad and mourning that they have only a few sources of comfort, and even to say goodbye to their baby.

There is a device called CuddleCot, a kind of refrigerated baby bed that will preserve the body of the dead newborn baby for days. It will give an opportunity for parents to have more time with the baby. To hold, love, take pictures, and can even take home with them to have a memory to last for a lifetime.

According to the study 2016 study in Michigan of 377 bereaved women if their babies were died soon after giving birth suffers from depression and can experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress than the mother who had an alive baby.

In a study from Michigan, directed by Dr. Katherine J. Gold, 18 women whose baby died after born was not able to see their baby, 36 did not get the chance to hold their baby, and 34 were told that they could not keep them.

There are donations from Chis and Emily Fricker of Pingree who used the CuddleCot and help them to relieve them of grief. The Fricker’s decided to donate it to provide other parents the gift of time to spend with their babies.

CuddleCot was invented in Britain, where ten babies are stillborn every day. It is an 8-pound device that is a crib or bassinet with refrigeration under its mattress. Because of cold, it preserves deceased baby and can keep them look good as possible. Babies that are held in CuddleCot look like they were only sleeping.

It provide parents to create more memories of their love baby, they will have more time to accept and grief with their loss and gain closure to take the situation easily. A pretty piece of equipment to provide an opportunity to cherish, hold and bond with their lost baby. Fricker’s believe that hospitals can afford this device and must be in every hospital to help the grieving parents heal.