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Coast couple fundraising to give families of stillborn babies the gift of time

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It has been two years since the unimaginable happened to a Eumundi couple, whose baby was stillborn at 30 weeks.

Ivy-Winter was born sleeping at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital.

Her parents, Grace and Chris, were given a 'cuddle cot' to keep their daughter close to them for another 24 hours.

Time hasn't dimmed the pain, but now the couple wants to ease the burden for other families going through such heartbreaking loss.

In honour of what would be Ivy-Winter's second birthday, Grace has started a fundraiser to help purchase cuddle cots - that cost more than $6000 - for regional hospitals across Queensland.

The specialised cot is a refrigerated bassinet that keeps stillborn babies cool so their parents can spend more time with them.

"In hospital I was told that the cuddle cots needed to be donated because not every hospital has them," Grace tells us.

"They are usually donated in memory of other babies.

"It would be really beautiful to be able to give back and ease the pain of other families who unfortunately will go through the same thing."

So far, 58 people have donated to her cause, reaching $4036.

Stillbirths remain common in Australia.

The Stillbirth Foundation of Australia says one in every 135 babies born will be stillborn.

It is a rate that has not declined in two decades, despite medical advances.

You can donated by visiting cuddlecot.gofundraise.com.au

 

 

 

 

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