A mother whose twin boys were stillborn has raised money for a ‘cold cot’ that will give parents who suffer similar tragedies more time with their babies.
Amy Hart has raised £1,900 for a cold cot and Moses basket for Dewsbury and District Hospital, which will help to keep stillborn children cool and allow bereaved mothers and fathers more time to come to terms with their loss.
Amy, from Piperwell Close, Liversedge, said: “There are things that you don’t get to do because you don’t have time, which can be because of decomposition.
“A cold cot gives more thinking time, more time that you don’t get back.”
Amy lost her twin boys Jesse Lee and Riley Brian when she was 25.
“When I was with the twins it was in a pool room that was full of equipment. It felt like I was stuffed in a room.”
She said she wanted to help other mothers who had shared a similar loss.
“I racked my brain for years,” she said.
The names of her twins will be inscribed on a plaque on the Moses basket.
“It gives me comfort to know that the memories of my own twins will help extend the precious time parents get to spend with babies they will sadly not get to bring home.”
The plaque will also include a dedication to Jayden Jake Hartley, the son of Amy’s close friend who was stillborn at 36 weeks.
Parents can choose to spend several days with their children, which is made possible through a cold cot.
Amy, 28, raised money for the equipment through f events that included a karaoke night and a bun sale.
She said it would not have been possible without help from her friends Nikki Cookson and Nichola Hinchliffe.
Futher funds Amy has raised will be used to furnish a bereavement room.
She said she would like to raise more money for her cause but that it was difficult balancing a full-time job and looking after her two young children Ella May and Ava Rose.
On August 23 delivery suite coordinator Cathy McLean, midwife Emma Bateman and maternity support worker Jody Bell, from Dewsbury Hospital’s delivery suite, will take part in a charity skydive to raise money for 4Louis, a charity that supports bereaved parents.
Donations can be made on the 4Louis page at www.justgiving.com.