A first cradle refrigerant in Quebec

News 17 December, 2017
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    The Montreal Stéfany Corey, Rosa Caporicci, Annick Robinson and Desiree McGraw helped the Royal Victoria Hospital to establish a cradle refrigerant.

    Catherine Montambeault

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    The Royal Victoria Hospital has just made the purchase of the first cradle refrigerant in Quebec, in order to allow parents who lose their baby to spend more time at his side after his death.

    The CuddleCot is a device which cools the body of the infant to slow down its degradation. This cradle thus facilitate the grieving process for the parents of a baby stillborn, or died following a miscarriage, an abortion or just after his birth.

    Rather than having to ask the nurses to pick up their baby at the morgue every time they want to see, parents will now be able to keep it close to them for a few hours or a few days in their hospital room.

    The cribs refrigerants are already in use elsewhere in the world, including the United States, New Zealand and Ontario. In England, 95% of the hospitals have them, according to the web site of the manufacturer of the CuddleCots, Flexmort.

    “Most parents who lose a baby feel the need to create memories with him, and it is usually very beneficial for them,” notes Dr. Tuong-Vi Nguyen, psychiatrist, reproductive McGill university health Centre (MUHC).

    At the MUHC, from 200 to 300 women per year give birth to a child who died, she said.

    “Hello” before ” goodbye “

    Four Montreal having been through a perinatal bereavement have raised 6000 $ needed for the Royal Victoria Hospital provide themselves a CuddleCot.

    “Even if we gave birth to a baby who dies, it is like all the moms of the world : we want to stick our babies against our skin, take the time to say hello to him before you tell him goodbye “, agree Stéfany Corey, Rosa Caporicci, Annick Robinson and Désirée McGraw.

    Stéfany Corey was nine months pregnant when she knew his daughter’s heart had stopped beating because a virus had attacked his placenta. It was 10 years ago.

    “This is the worst news that we can hear as parents, blowing out the woman’s 43-year-old. The whole family was waiting for him, but we came back to the house empty-handed. It was unreal. “

    After giving birth, Mrs. Corey was able to hold her little Zoe in her arms a few times. “The nurses brought to the morgue and me the back when I want to see that,” she said. It was very difficult, both for me and for them. “


    Annick Robinson has not lived the same experience when she gave birth prematurely to her son at 20 weeks of pregnancy, seven years ago.

    “My baby was not yet deceased as the nurse wanted to bring him into pathology, she says. He was still breathing when I was removed. It has been a huge trauma. “

    When the mother was able to see her infant for the last time, the autopsy had already been initiated. Bandages covered the cuts that we had done to him.

    “I spent my pregnancy imagining myself what would look like Jacob, and I have not even had time to memorize her face “, she says.

    The four Montreal continue to raise funds through the campaign, funding A bed for a cuddle, in collaboration with the MUHC Foundation. They are hoping to buy a second cradle refrigerant, but also to improve the resources available to bereaved parents.