This is a charity fundraiser to help raise funds for a cuddle cot for babies who are stillborn or died shortly after birth in Tauranga
Grieving parents will be given the gift of time to bond with and farewell their stillborn babies, thanks to the fundraising efforts of a group of passionate Tauranga women.
About 50 babies are stillborn each year in Tauranga Hospital alone, says Denise Coy, co-ordinator of Sands (pregnancy, baby, and infant loss support) Bay of Plenty.
She says spending time with the baby before it is buried is a vital experience for parents.
Tauranga mother Amy Franz was shocked to hear stories about such parents and the challenges they faced to spend time with their babies while trying to keep their baby's body cold.
"It was definitely a shock. I was so naive. I had a healthy baby. I went in [to hospital] and came out with a baby. You never think about the women who didn't walk out with their baby."
Mrs Franz had the idea of hosting a baby and toddler show as a fundraiser to buy and donate a cuddle cot to the Tauranga Hospital.
The cuddle cot pumps cool water through pipes in a mat under a blanket in a cot, which keeps the body consistently cool and takes away the stress for parents wanting to take their child home for a few days.
Ms Coy said "Moses baskets" with ice packs were provided to parents by the organisation's fundraising. However, a cuddle cot would take away the uncomfortable reality of having to remember to replace the ice packs.
It's not a nice thing to have to think about. The thing about losing a child is that from the time of the birth to the time you bury them is the only time you will ever have with them and make memories with them. The nicer we can make that experience the better.
(Taken from Bay of Plenty Times - http://www.nzherald.co.nz/bay-of-plenty-times/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503343&objectid=11421618)
The cuddle cot will be donated to Sands Bay of Plenty so we can supply it to Tauranga Families.
We’re fundraising for more casting materials so we can continue to offer FREE casting service to bereaved parents and help them make precious memories of their baby. We also visit newly bereaved parents in hospital, provide support gift packs and blankets/clothing for baby, and support meetings. We support parents from the time of the loss and through years to come.