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Mother donates tool to help bereaved families

Posted at 8:53 PM, Mar 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-18 12:06:00-04

A woman who lost her baby during childbirth in August 2015 wants to help other families who are faced with the same tragedy.

Alexis Holley has donated a ‘CuddleCot’ to Women & Children’s Hospital, which fits into any basket or bed, and is designed to cool the deceased baby so that the family can spend some time with their child.

“If you were in my situation, time is the most precious thing you can have.  What a CuddleCot does is increase the amount of time with your child.  You’re going to have those few moments, those few extra minutes with your baby, and that is what counts,” Holley said during a news conference at Children’s Hospital.

Holley’s daughter, Atleigh Harper Heim, was diagnosed with a fetal medical condition while still in the womb, and died shortly after birth.  At that time, only one CuddleCot was available in the hospital, and it was in use when Holley needed it. 

The hope with this donation is to make the cooling bed more accessible to families who need it.

Experts say one in four women will lose a pregnancy, or have early infant loss.