I cannot believe we are already approaching April. This first quarter has been a busy one as things have really taken off.
In February we hosted our first support dinner. These dinners are a great way to show families that they are not alone, that the community is behind them. One out of 160 pregnancies end in stillbirth. At Presby Main, 1-2 each week on average. That's a lot, a lot of pain and hurt, and yet still a lot of isolation. We hope as we continue to host these dinners on a quarterly to monthly basis that we can help these families find one another, develop friendships with families who have experienced a similar loss, and give parents a place to talk of their children. All their children. We're excited for another dinner in May!
We received a generous donation to be used specifically for the purchase of a Cuddle Cot. We are so excited to be able to provide Presbyterian Medical with Charlotte's first Cuddle Cot! Those who have experience infant loss will immediately understand the huge benefit of this equipment, but here's a brief summary. The Cuddle Cot is a cooling system for a bassinet. This gives families the gift of time, which is so incredibly precious when you are facing the end. Instead of only an hour or two, you could have a night, a whole afternoon, a day to spend bonding with your child, memorizing each little feature, waiting for your photographer or family to come in town, etc. This will be available in Labor and Delivery as well as the NICU. We are so excited for it to come in and be able to deliver it to the Women's center.
Cards and flower delivery are running smoothly and we have shipped out an additional 5 hope boxes. We are down to only 3 of the initial 13, so another day of box decorating/stuffing/writing is coming soon!
Thank you for all the donation, support, and help you have offered. We pray we continue to be able to support this hurting population during their darkest times and rely on your help and God's goodness to do so. Thank you for all you do!