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Local firefighters association raising money to set up WPSHC with a cuddle cot

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A local firefighters association is raising awareness for infant and pregnancy loss by raising money to set up the region’s hospital with a cuddle cot.

McKellar Firefighters Association President Tyler Weddel says while tragic and uncomfortable, talking about loss is vital to begin what is a long and difficult process.  He explains that a cuddle cot is a cooling system that’s designed to fit within a bassinet type of crib that lies beneath a baby. “And when the baby passes away, there is a short window of time for a family to create memories, and say hello and goodbye to their child,” he explains. 

“It helps with the healing as she says to me and it allows a sort of network to start for parents and families who have had problems with pregnancy and lost infants.” Weddel says.

The West Parry Sound Health Centre’s Chief Nursing Officer and Director of Primary, Patient & Family Centred Care, Katie Hogue says the entire obstetrical team at the hospital is extremely thankful for the campaign. Hogue says the cuddle cot will enhance the provision of compassionate patient and family centred care during an extremely difficult time. 

Weddel says they need to fundraise about $5,500 which would include shipping and delivery to the centre. 

You can donate to the campaign here.

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