Kind cot do­na­tion to help be­reaved par­ents on Barra

The Oban Times - - News -

THE COM­MU­NITY mid­wifery ser­vice on Barra has been pre­sented with a Cud­dle Cot, which al­lows be­reaved fam­i­lies to spend more time with ba­bies who have died, been still­born or mis­car­ried.

The do­na­tion was made pos­si­ble af­ter fundrais­ing by Leigh and Adam, par­ents of Made­lyn Jess Gor­don, who sadly passed away two days af­ter be­ing born in Au­gust 2015.

Last year Heather Lawrence, a par­ent rep­re­sen­taive from the Simp­son’s Mem­ory Box Ap­peal (SiMBA) handed over a Cud­dle Cot and pho­tog­ra­phy equip­ment to the West­ern Isles Hos­pi­tal Ma­ter­nity Unit dur­ing a Be­reave­ment Care and Mem­ory Mak­ing Study Day. This do­na­tion was made pos­si­ble through do­na­tions to SiMBA in mem­ory of Heather’s daugh­ter Aeryn, who was still­born in April 2016.

SiMBA aims to help fam­i­lies who have suf­fered the loss of a baby, re­gard­less of their ge­o­graph­i­cal lo­ca­tion.

Leigh said: ‘ We were very lucky to have spent two days with Made­lyn while she was be­ing cared for in the neona­tal unit, but hav­ing the use of the cud­dle cot in the fam­ily room also meant we did not have to say good­bye as soon as her treat­ment was with­drawn. We could spend more time with her, with­out tubes and wires in the way.’

Cather­ine Mac­don­ald, NHS West­ern Isles Ma­ter­nity Ward Man­ager, said: ‘Through SiMBA’s gen­eros­ity, mem­ory boxes are pro­vided to par­ents as a trea­sure chest of me­men­tos such as ‘the blan­ket of love’, birth ac­knowl­edge­ment cer­tifi­cate, hand- and foot­prints and photographs.’

Veron­ica Gor­don, mid­wife, and Paul Daly, mem­ber of West­ern Isles Ma­ter­nity Ser­vices Li­ai­son Com­mit­tee, with the Cud­dle Cot for Barra.

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