Costa del Sol hospital becomes first in province to introduce CuddleCot for bereaved parents

The Costa del Sol Hospital in Marbella has become the first in Malaga province to receive the donation of a CuddleCot for parents who have lost babies during pregnancy or at birth.

The introduction of the CuddleCot at the hospital’s maternity and infant area is included in the Andalusian public health system’s humanisation plan, which is being rolled out in this hospital and in all health centres in Andalucía.

This initiative, called ‘Oliver’s Legacy’ is the brainchild of a couple from Chiclana. Natalie Clayton and Manuel Moreno lost their baby, Oliver, in November 2020 and decided to launch the donation idea to hospitals, allowing parents who have to go through the tragedy of losing their child to spend more time with their baby.

If the parent or family is away, it also provides the option of getting time to say goodbye to their child. This is possible because the CuddleCot can cool and hold the baby’s body for a few days, so that parents can have time to say goodbye.

For Mabel Méndez, head of the paediatrics and neonatology department at the Costa del Sol hospital, “it is very important to humanise hospitals and, in particular, to humanise bereavement”.

“Providing that this process is done in an appropriate way can prevent pathological grief, since people need time to say goodbye, and generate memories.”

Read the full article here.

Posted in

Why do bereaved parents choose to take baby home using a CuddleCot?

Using a CuddleCot at home with their baby after a loss offers several significant benefits to parents: Taking Baby Home: We believe that all bereaved parents should be offered the opportunity to take their baby home. Some parents will want to take their baby home and others will not. The only circumstance in which this…

Heartfelt Donation from the Guerrero Family to Pomona Valley Hospital

A year after the tragic loss of their unborn son, Vincent, the Guerrero family has made a special donation to Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, hoping to help other grieving families. Thanks to the hospital staff, Paige and Eduardo Guerrero were given the option to use a CuddleCot, which allowed them to spend precious final…

Taking care of you:

Self-care for Midwives and healthcare professionals caring for bereaved families Most midwives, obstetricians, and maternity support workers enter their profession to facilitate the start of a new life and care for families at a joyous time. Unfortunately, every day in the UK, fourteen babies die before, during, or shortly after birth. This means that in…

Why Every Hospital Should Have Multiple CuddleCots – A Father’s Perspective

By James Rain, Brody’s Daddy The importance of having multiple CuddleCots in hospitals cannot be overstated. There are sadly around 6,500 deaths everyday around the world, and the need for quality bereavement care is crucial in supporting families. Providing parents with time to create precious memories with their baby is vital in providing compassionate care…

A Dads perspective on the importance of memory making

By Nick Hill, Leo’s Daddy Compassionate care is essential for bereaved families, offering comfort and support during their most challenging times. Providing a higher level of compassionate care helps families feel understood and supported. Memory making is vital for grieving families. It allows them to create cherished memories and spend precious time with their loved…

What Father’s Day means to an older Dad & why quality bereavement care is so powerful

Written by Brian English The words and actions of healthcare professionals play a crucial role in the care of bereaved families. Compassionate care can make a profound difference during the most difficult times. This Father’s Day, read a heartfelt perspective from an older dad and discover the importance of compassionate care after death and how…

Hollyoaks star and bereaved Mum uses her platform to help others

Television and movies have a profound impact on shaping societal perceptions and sparking important conversations. When storylines in popular shows or films include themes of baby loss, they reach a wide audience and foster empathy and understanding. These representations can be powerful tools in normalising the conversation about baby loss, and encouraging others to seek…

A Legacy of Love: How Compassionate Care at Bon Secours Hospital Led to a CuddleCot Donation

Bon Secours St Mary’s Hospital & St. Francis Medical Center offer compassionate care to bereaved parents the gift of time with the CuddleCot RICHMOND, Va. — Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital dedicated a new CuddleCot System into service, thanks to a donation from a local family who experienced the stillbirth of their second child at…

A bereavement midwife’s perspective on the importance of offering families the option of cooling after loss

Step into the world of a bereavement midwife and discover the profound impact of offering families the option of cooling after loss. Siân Ness, RM, BSc (Hons), Winner of the RCM ‘Excellence in Bereavement Care’ Award 2021 “I have cared for numerous families whose baby’s have died either during pregnancy or shortly after birth. I…

The significance of time

By Gabriella Lake Walker – Bereavement Care Consultant Grief is a very individual thing.  Its impact depends on many biopsychosocial factors, such as background, gender and age as well as your relationship with the person who has died. Parents who lose a child are at high risk of ‘complicated grief’, defined as grief that continues…