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Daisy Hill Hospital has received a donation of a Cuddle Cot from local woman Nicola Freer following the stillbirth of her little boy Noah last summer.  Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity SANDs also donated a cot to Craigavon Hospital.

A cuddle cot is a special cot which allows parents to spend some time with their baby after they have passed away.

Joanne McGlade, Lead Midwife, Daisy Hill Hospital, with Nicola Freer from Newry who donated the cuddle cot and Shivaun McKinley, Staff Midwife at Daisy Hill and SANDs co-ordinator.
Joanne McGlade, Lead Midwife, Daisy Hill Hospital, with Nicola Freer from Newry who donated the cuddle cot and Shivaun McKinley, Staff Midwife at Daisy Hill and SANDs co-ordinator.

Patricia McStay, Head of Midwifery and Gynaecology for the Southern Trust says: “Sadly every week in Northern Ireland, four babies are stillborn or die in the first four weeks of their life. Work is ongoing across the UK to try to reduce stillbirths and neonatal deaths which are so distressing for families and the staff involved.

“Our Maternity, Bereavement, Patient Support and Chaplaincy teams work with charities like SANDS to practically and emotionally support families following the loss of a baby, so we greatly welcome the donation of these cuddle cots which can really help families through such a difficult time.

“We would like to thank SANDS and Nicola who has taken the time following her own loss to so generously consider others in the same situation.”

Nicola would like to thank everyone who has donated to her charity ‘Noah’s Maintenance’ and supported her fundraising efforts including a street collection, a raffle night and to St Clare’s Abbey and St Patrick’s Primary schools for taking part in a colouring competition. 

For more information and advice following the loss of a baby www.sandsni.org

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