Maternity Unit at Peterborough City Hospital receives Cooling Cot for bereaved families

Cooling cot donation

Published 16.09.21

Maternity staff at Peterborough City Hospital have received a cooling cot from the charity Abigail’s Footsteps. The cot has been donated to the Bereavement Suite for families who have sadly lost a baby.

Abigail’s Footsteps was founded by Jo and David Ward in memory of their daughter, Abigail Rose, who was stillborn at 41 weeks.

The ‘Abi Cold Cot’ has been produced in partnership with The Bond Group, and contains a cooling unit which can be used when a baby has passed away to help preserve the body and allow more time to be spent with them.

Lesley Carline, Bereavement Midwife for Peterborough said:  “Hinchingbrooke Hospital have already benefitted from receiving an Abi Cot so I approached the charity to see if Peterborough City Hospital could receive one as an alternative to what was currently in place.”

“Having the Abi Cot will make a really big difference to families. It will enable parents to stay longer with their baby and give them time to grieve, make memories and say goodbye in their own time.”

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