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10/31/2018 12:00:00 AM CENTRAL
Updated: 10/31/2018 2:03:18 PM CENTRAL
For more information, contact Deanna Hendrich.
SIDS, Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month

Clinton, MO – (Oct. 31, 2018) new baby brings joy to parents and families. Waiting for the little one to arrive, and welcoming the baby home, creates excitement beyond words.

Sometimes, though, parents and families lose a baby because of miscarriage, stillbirth or SIDS. The heartache also can be impossible to understand.

October is SIDS, Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. Families can find year-round support locally. That’s because the Golden Valley Memorial Hospital Foundation and the GVMH Auxiliary have stepped in to help.

Recently, the GVMH Foundation purchased a CuddleCot for the hospital’s birthing center. The specially designed cot regulates the baby’s body temperature. Families can spend more time with the baby to say their goodbyes. The CuddleCot is the first for the hospital.

“Our staff is passionate about caring for every mother, child and family who enters our department,” said Heather Gardner, birthing center director.  “We hope the CuddleCot will help lessen the pain for grieving families. It’s another way to offer comfort during a difficult time.”

Families can find other sources of help. A local chapter of Share, an infant loss support group, meets monthly on the GVMH campus. Kelsey and Bryan Himes lead the meetings and built and maintain a Share memorial garden in downtown Clinton.

The Foundation and Auxiliary support the Share group and provide other items for babies leaving GVMH. These include sleep sacks, “This Side Up” shirts for newborns and car beds for preemie babies who cannot use standard car seats.

“We care for our babies and their families inside and outside our walls,” said Deanna Hendrich, foundation director. “Our communities need our support.”

To learn more, call 660-890-7108 or email foundation@gvmh.org.