Inspiring work hon­oured

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - News - Aaron Cor­lett

KRISTY Wiegele has helped out par­ents dur­ing their most vul­ner­a­ble time as they grieve the loss of their ba­bies.

The Bel­mont res­i­dent and St John of God Mt Law­ley Hos­pi­tal runs a fundrais­ing cam­paign to buy cold cud­dle cots, which give fam­i­lies more time with their still­born ba­bies.

The cot cir­cu­lates cold air be­neath a bassinet, which slows the nat­u­ral pro­cesses and gives fam­i­lies time to bond.

More than $100,00 has been raised since A Mid­wife’s Gift was started about three years ago with 17 cots be­ing de­liv­ered into hospi­tals around WA and one into a hos­pi­tal in Queens­land.

Mrs Wiegele re­ceived the Com­mu­nity Ser­vice Award dur­ing the Curtin Univer­sity Alumni Achieve­ment Awards on Oc­to­ber 30.

She said she was in­spired to be­gin the project af­ter see­ing a photo of a still­born baby.

“My hus­band vol­un­teers tak­ing pho­tos of the still­born ba­bies and took one of a baby named Lin­coln, who did not look like he was dead,” she said.

“I saw an­other Face­book page based in the east­ern states called the Emerikus Land Foun­da­tion, who do­nated the cots and I was in­spired,” she said.

“I only ever wanted to raise $4000 but I can’t stop now.”

Kristy Wiegel ac­cepts the award from Curtin Univer­sity’s Val Rauben­heimer.

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