Couple donates a CuddleCot to PCH Women’s Center to help support parents who experience child loss

A couple from Speedway, West Virginia wanted to remember their son in a special way on his birthday. Miranda Norman and Derek Gettys’ son, Rowdy Blaze Gettys, was born on 4th July 2022, at Charleston Area Medical Center, but sadly he died two days later.

When the couple learned that PCH did not have a CuddleCot, they decided to donate one to the Women’s Center in memory of their son Rowdy.

“I knew I wanted to do something for him,” Miranda said. “We decided to raise money for his birthday. A lot of my family and friends donated.”

Nursing staff and administrators gathered to accept the donation from Rowdy’s parents and offered their thanks and appreciation for the gift.

“Having a CuddleCot here allows our moms a longer time to spend with their babies and process their loss,” stated Jackie Mincy, director of Women’s Services.

Mincy adds that unfortunately labor and delivery at the hospital isn’t always about happy moments.

“Unfortunately there’s a sad side of it. There are some babies that die before birth or shortly after. So this gives the parents more time to bond with their baby. Because once they leave the hospital they don’t get to have those happy moments and bring the baby home,” said Mincy.

Source: WVVA

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