UPMC Mercy recently received cuddle cot from the Sophia’s Grace Foundation. The crib enables grieving parents to spend additional time with their baby before saying goodbye.
While stillbirths are rare, they can be devastating to parents and families. A cuddle cot allows the family much-needed, therapeutic private time with their infant.
“This donation of a cuddle cot is a blessing,” said Kathy Diggans, UPMC Mercy’s director of Labor, Delivery and NICU. “Our families will deeply appreciate having extra time to spend with their baby. These are the only memories parents will have of their infant angels to last them a lifetime. We are so thankful for this extraordinary gift, and it will help improve the services we can provide to grieving parents.”
The family of Sophia Grace Lepley created the foundation in honor of their daughter, who passed in 2015. The foundation supports families around the world who are coping with the loss of a child and raises awareness of stillbirths while providing financial assistance to families who have lost an infant.