CuddleCot Donation to Research Medical Center Compelte!
August 12, 2017
BENEFITING: YOU MADE ME MOM INC
EVENT DATE: May 14, 2017
I'm sorry. There's no heartbeat.
Parents never want to hear these life-changing words, but many do and walk through the unthinkable. The Balentine family and You Made Me Mom, for a third year in a row, are raising $4,000 for another donation of a CuddleCot™ during the third anniversary week of their son Simon’s brief but mighty life (May 14, 2017 at 9:55pm through May 21, 2017 at 10:17pm).
Why do the Balentines ask for support from you:
Just in the US alone, 27,000 parents will experience the loss of their baby at birth. Our hope is for our community to support the bereaved family during the initial stages of shock and grief. Once you know there is a need, you cannot unknow it. Having lost two sons in 2014, the Balentines passion is to serve and walk through the broken with families who are experiencing a loss of their child.
Your tax free donation will be processed through the non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, You Made Me Mom, a support group that Amy leads focused on support for bereaved mothers who have lost babies during pregnancy or infancy. The cot will be donated in memory of the Balentine’s two sons who both died in 2014 - Simon who lived one week, and Thomas who died at 13 weeks gestation.
What is a CuddleCot:
The CuddleCot system is used to cool a baby who was stillborn or died shortly after birth so the baby may remain in the hospital room with the family. The CuddleCot grants the family precious, dignified and uninterrupted time with their child so they aren't forced to say goodbye just a few short hours after laying eyes on their son or daughter.
#simonsgiftoftime CuddleCot Testimonies:
The Balentine's have had the opportunity to meet several of the families that have utilized the CuddleCots that YOU have generously helped us donate. When we walk into this sacred labor and delivery space where a child has died, we are reminded why we do this campaign every year. These cots truly do give memory making time to these families.
To meet these families yourself, check out these short testimonies of their use of cots donated through #simonsgiftoftime:
-The Bogles (St. Luke's Hospital Kansas City - Plaza)
-The Phipps (Truman Medical Center Kansas City)
Here are a few key things the CuddleCot provides:
- parents have time with baby
- no transferring baby back-and-forth between the morgue
- extended family time to meet the baby
- parents can bond with the baby as a family
- parents can sleep in the same room as the baby
- baby can stay with mom the entire time she is in the hospital
- memory making that aids in shock in grief
- The CuddleCot system costs $2,764.00
- The Moba basket costs $180.00
- You Made Me Mom new website design $1,000.00
- Our goal is to raise $4,000.00
Should we exceed the $4,000 goal, we plan to use additional funds for You Made Me Mom Here are some of the ways any excess funds would be utilized in support of YMMM:
- new website design
- printed materials
- support group books for bereaved mothers
The donation of this cot is designated for Research Medical Center located 2.5 miles east of our home. The hope is that this cot will serve families two-fold - by serving in the inital stages of grief through the cot and by serving the bereaved mom through the You Made Me Mom support group monthly gatherings.
Thank you for considering a donation to the CuddleCot fund. Your donation gives a shocked, grieving family TIME with their baby memory making.
---To read more about our story, visit our family blog:
- The Balentines -Amy, Adam, Teddy, Simon, Thomas, Peter and baby #5