Cuddle Cots

Credit: WDEF CBS Chattanooga, TN
Published on December 6, 2019 -
A local mom bringing a Cuddle Cot to Erlanger for parents who lose their babies.

Cuddle Cots

Of babies who are stillborn, or die shortly after birth, get to spend as much time as possible with their child.

News 12's robyn estabrook explains what she is doing and why this cause is important to her.

Krysta davis noticed erlanger didn't have any cuddle cots.

Krysta davis/ rylei's mother "a cuddle cot is essentially a mattress, it is a cooling mattress to help keep babies with their mothers longer, who have passed on.

In ways everyone knows that after someone has passed their bodies tend to slowly deteriorate and with this it helps keep their bodies cooler for longer so they can stay."

She is raising money to buy the hospital a cuddle cot in honor of her daughter rylei.

"if rylei would have been born still or we wouldn't have had much time with her, we were lucky enough to get the week, but some people are not as lucky.

Their babies are born early or they are born still and there is nothing they can do.

They have just a limited amount of time if they don't have the cuddle cots on hand."

Rylei was diagnosed with anencephaly.

It's a fatal condition where the baby has an underdeveloped brain and an incomplete skull.

She was born last year on christmas eve and died a week later.

"even though they don't stay very long, it is the memories that you make while you have them that last with you forever.

So having this extra time, you can make memories that you wouldn't be able to."

Rylei's family and friends are holding a celebration of life for rylei on december 21st at jenkins deli.

A candlelight vigil will be held after at the greenway in cleveland.

"the closer it gets, the harder it gets, but at the same time we know that we were fortunate to share her story with everyone around us."

In hamilton county robyn estabrook, news 12 now.

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