Kind donation to help bereaved parents on Barra

Pictured with SIMBA equipment being provided for NHS Western Isles for Barra community: Veronica Gordon, Midwife, and Paul Daly, member of Western Isles Maternity Services Liaison Committee.F28 cuddle cot barra 1no

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The community midwifery service on Barra has been presented with a Cuddle Cot, which allows bereaved families to spend more time with babies who have died, been stillborn or miscarried.

The donation was made possible after fundraising by Leigh and Adam, parents of Madelyn Jess Gordon, who sadly passed away two days after being born in August 2015.

Last year Heather Lawrence, a parent representaive from the Simpson’s Memory Box Appeal (SiMBA) handed over a Cuddle Cot and photography equipment to the Western Isles Hospital Maternity Unit during a Bereavement Care and Memory Making Study Day. This donation was made possible through donations to SiMBA in memory of Heather’s daughter Aeryn, who was stillborn in April 2016.

SiMBA aims to help families who have suffered the loss of a baby, regardless of their geographical location.

Leigh said: ‘We were very lucky to have spent two days with Madelyn while she was being cared for in the neonatal unit, but having the use of the cuddle cot in the family room also meant we did not have to say goodbye as soon as her treatment was withdrawn. We could spend more time with her, without tubes and wires in the way of her little face.’

Catherine Macdonald, NHS Western Isles Maternity Ward Manager, said: ‘Through SiMBA’s generosity, memory boxes are provided to parents as a treasure chest of mementos such as ‘the blanket of love’, birth acknowledgement certificate, hand and foot prints and photographs.’