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The Birthplace at SGMC Receives Touching Donation

Posted on: March 24th, 2021

The Birthplace at South Georgia Medical Center received its first CuddleCot on behalf of Ashlie’s Embrace. Ashlie’s Embrace is a non-profit organization that raises awareness of CuddleCots and helps make them available in medical facilities.

 A CuddleCot is a device that allows parents more time with their baby after a loss. The $3,000 system cools the baby by using a cooling pad placed in the bassinet. With this device, families experiencing a stillbirth can have more time to say goodbye to their child.

This particular donation was delivered by Kendall Reid and her mother, Lisa Castillo. The Women and Infants team accepted the donation and listened to Kendall as she shared her story. Kendall and her husband, Andy, found Ashlie’s Embrace after losing two babies. Their first child, Ruby, died just two days after she was born and they were only able to spend a few minutes with her. Their second child, Jack, was stillborn. After losing Jack, Kendall and Andy raised enough money for Ashlie’s Embrace to purchase 10 CuddleCots for hospitals in Georgia. SGMC was the seventh hospital to receive a device.

“I really wanted SGMC to have a CuddleCot because it is so close to Moody Air Force base. Military families are so far from home and when a loss like this happens, I can only imagine how important a CuddleCot would be. This would allow time for a husband to get home from deployment or for out of town family to fly in to meet the baby,” says Kendall Reid, Ashlie’s Embrace Board Member.

Kendall Reid stands with SGMC Labor and Delivery team to present the donation of the CuddleCot from Ashlie’s Embrace.

“We are beyond grateful for the generosity of Kendall and Andy, and of Ashlie’s Embrace. This will be a great asset for our patients and their families,” said Debbie Smith, SGMC Women & Children Nurse Manager.

SGMC is committed to women’s health throughout the region and continues to deploy the latest technology and develop cutting edge programs for women and infants. SGMC’s Birthplace has the region’s only Level IIB Neonatal Intensive Care Unit with two neonatologists and the area’s only OB hospitalist program and OB emergency department. SGMC is one of only three hospitals in Georgia to offer AngelEye Health, a secure video surveillance to  connect families with their newborns.