Local non-profit donates Cuddle Cot to Singing River Hospital

Imagine being able to spend just a few more moments with your stillborn baby. That is now possible thanks to a local nonprofit that donated a Cuddle Cot to Pascagoula’s Singing River Hospital Labor and Delivery Unit.
Parker’s Purpose was started by Rebecca Schroeder, a mother who very well understands the pain of losing a child to a stillbirth, but she has chosen to channel her pain and transform it into strength for others.
“This has been such a goal of ours, for so long, to have this here, ready to go when these mommas need it. We are so glad to be checking this off the list, to help them have this time.” Rebecca is talking about the nearly $2,800 Cuddle Cot she has donated to the Singing River Hospital, the hospital where she gave birth to Parker, her first stillborn child. “Every single mother that’s lost a baby regrets not taking more time, not taking more pictures, not having those moments, you feel like it’s been long enough, but it hasn’t. This gives the opportunity to really prolong that process and have all of these things met so that the mother has healthy closure for her heart as she moves on.”
Each year, about 24,000 babies are stillborn in the United States. The technology of this crib cooling device allows grieving parents to spend some extra time with their newborn after they have passed away. Singing River Hospital Pediatric Program Director Tyler Sexton said, “The Cuddle Cot allows longer bonding with the infant, it allows exposure with the infant, instead of it being ripped from the family, it allows closure. It allows a period of calmness and peace.”
The Cuddle Cot donated today is now one of four in the whole state of Mississippi. Rebecca also works alongside hospitals to provide care packages for grieving mothers who experience stillbirth. The care packages include a teddy bear, a blanket, and a camera amongst other things.
“Parker’s Purpose is in eleven hospitals along the Gulf Coast. We just want to be in every hospital. I just want this to be such a resource for every mom. There just aren’t that many organizations out there geared towards the mom and her stay,” said Schroeder.

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