Couple donates CuddleCot to Orange City Area Health System

If parents experience a stillbirth or the death of their child, they typically only have a few hours with them. A recent donation of a CuddleCot to Orange City Area Health System can provide extra hours to days to ease the grieving process.

Mackenzie and Nathan Kanis live in Washington state but met in Northwest Iowa when they attended Dordt University. After getting married, they experienced a stillbirth, losing their first son Maverick John Kanis.

”A couple of days before he was due we found he had passed away, his heart had quit beating so they induced us,” said Mackenzie. “We knew we wanted to create a non-profit and were like ‘what is it going to do?’ So as we began researching this community, we discovered CuddleCots.”

The Kanis family didn’t have this when Maverick was born, prompting them to raise money for CuddelCots in his name.

“So we were like ‘Okay, this is our goal. We want to give as many hospitals as we can Cuddlecots.’ So that is what the Maverick John foundation does. We just look for hospitals in our area or areas we’re familiar with like the Sioux County Area,” said Mackenzie.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 21,000 babies are stillborn each year in the United States and 20,000 infants died before their first birthday.

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…