RAPID CITY, S.D. (Oct. 16, 2018) – With a donation from a Rapid City family's memorial fund, the Regional Health Foundation has purchased a CuddleCot, which allows families to spend time with -- and bond with -- a stillborn child or a baby that has died in the first weeks of life.
The CuddleCot preserves the child, so families can use the time to grieve, work through their emotions and say goodbye to the baby. Although some might find the idea unusual, there is a lot of evidence that grieving families can benefit tremendously from spending time with their baby after death.
"After childbirth, parents are psychologically and biologically primed to bond with and nurture their newborn. Even after a death, parents wanting to be with their baby is a natural expression of their postpartum drives and parental devotion," wrote Psychologist Deborah L. Davis in a 2014 article in Psychology Today.
Regional Health is an integrated health care system with the purpose of helping patients and communities live well. The organization, with headquarters in Rapid City, S.D., provides community-based health care in more than 20 communities in two states and 32 specialty areas of medicine. As the largest private employer in western South Dakota, Regional Health comprises five hospitals, 24 clinic locations and employs nearly 5,000 physicians and caregivers. Regional Health is committed to the future of medicine, with medical training partnerships, a medical residency program, and more than 130 active research studies.
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