Inspiring work honoured
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.