ESPAÑOLA, N.M. – In March 2016, Española resident Naomi Sanchez had a miscarriage at 32-weeks. Although she delivered her baby in Santa Fe, she hopes to give Española families the option she didn’t have—more time.
Soon after delivering her baby, Sanchez learned about a “cuddle cot”, which preserves a stillborn baby’s body in a bassinet so that he or she can remain up to five days in a hospital room.
“My biggest regret was not having enough time with Zachariah,” said Sanchez. “I wanted to donate a cuddle cot to Presbyterian Española Hospital so that other families experiencing this type of loss can have more time with their babies.”
The cot is designed to appear like any other bedside infant cradle and integrates well into the birthing environment.
“We are incredibly grateful to Naomi for sharing her story and for her generous donation to our hospital,” said Solea Reid, RN-CD, Women’s Care Unit Manager at Presbyterian Española Hospital. “For families who may want more time with their babies, having this cot helps us meet this need, and will hopefully help with the healing process for the mother and her family.”
Each cot costs about $3,000. Sanchez raised $3,700 in two weeks and was able to purchase the cot, a sleeping basket and folding stand. She received donations from 29 people and several local organizations. In addition, an Española business, Angel Gowns by Diane, donated several gowns and wraps and several Española women donated handmade, crocheted blankets. Sanchez included these items, along with journals, pens and bracelets, in grief bags for families.
“I was blown away by how generous people are in this community,” added Sanchez. “Within two weeks of starting my fundraiser, I had enough funds to purchase the cot. I want to personally thank everyone who made a donation. Your support will help so many families.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 24,000 babies are delivered stillborn in the United States each year.
About Presbyterian Española Hospital
Presbyterian Española Hospital has been owned and managed by Presbyterian Healthcare Services since 1977. This partnership is dedicated to improving the health of individuals, families and communities in Española and Rio Arriba County. Presbyterian Española Hospital and Presbyterian Healthcare Services operate a hospital, a primary care and specialty clinic, sleep disorder center, community-based programs, outpatient rehabilitation services and home healthcare services in Rio Arriba County. Presbyterian Española Hospital is one of eight hospitals run by Presbyterian, which also has a statewide health plan and a growing multi-specialty medical group.