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New Cot Will Help Grieving Parents Say Goodbye

Cold Cot Dorset County Hospital

3:27pm 27th November 2012

Parents grieving the loss of their new born child will now be able to spend more time with their baby at Dorset County Hospital.

Student midwife Emma Knott has raised £3,500 to buy a special cot.

The cot is refrigerated which allows parents to keep their baby with them in the maternity unit's bereavement suite.

Lesley Waters supported the appeal by offering a prize for a raffle and was delighted to be asked to officially launch the new facility.

Lesley said: "The cot will be invaluable for the parents who babies have died before, during or shortly after birth.

"It will lengthen the time parents have with their baby, allowing them to create memories which have to last a lifetime due to the short time parents have with their babies.

"It will be a real benefit to the bereavement service offered at the hospital. There are only a few of these cots being used in hospitals in the UK so to have one at Dorset County Hospital is fantastic."

The fundraising appeal was also supported by the Friends of Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester Lions Club, Dorchester Moose Ladies Circle and Dorchester Goldmine (a group who fundraise for local charities).

As an ongoing project Emma and fellow student midwife Joanna Mockler are now raising money to purchase memory books for families who suffer the loss of a baby. Anyone who would like to help with the fundraising can contact them at memories_book@aol.co.uk

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