Cuddle Cot for Tauranga

$2,563 of $5,000 goal
Given by 28 generous donors in around 9 months

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 -

Sands Bay of Plenty's involvement (page creator)

The cuddle cot will be donated to Sands Bay of Plenty so we can supply it to Tauranga Families.

About us

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.

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Guest Donor on 23 Jun 2015
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Better Send Off on 22 Jun 2015
thank goodness there is wonderful wonderful people like you!
jess on 29 May 2015
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Jenna on 22 May 2015
Can't wait to hear that the cuddle cot has been purchased, lots of hard work put into raising these funds. Without the help of people's kind donations this wouldn't have been an easy task. Lovely to see people standing by each other.
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Guest Donor on 18 May 2015

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