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Move to ease stillbirth pain

By Madeleine Caccianiga

Nagambie mother-of-seven Ana Williams prides herself as being one in four after losing three babies to stillbirth and miscarriage since the beginning of April last year.

She is stepmother to Annika, mother to Amber, 12, Brooke, 9, Cerise, 5, and three angels Dylan, Evan and Finley.

On April 3 last year, Dylan Rhys Williams was born sleeping at 21 weeks.

Mrs Williams said along side her husband, Blair Williams, the couple spent two days in hospital with their son in a Cuddle Cot.

‘‘As hard as the time was, we got to spend two amazing days with him and this would not have been possible without having a Cuddle Cot,’’ she said.

A Cuddle Cot is a cooling system that has been designed to fit within a small cot, allowing for babies who have died to remain with their families and not require cooling in a mortuary environment.

‘‘Cuddle Cots enable family members to travel to visit and meet the baby, siblings to meet one another and even give parents the option of taking their baby home,’’ Mrs Williams said.

Experiencing the positive effects of a Cuddle Cot, Mrs Williams said she was shocked to find out not every hospital provided the opportunity for parents to say goodbye.

After losing her second child, Evan David Garry Williams, on September 28 at 12 weeks, the Williams family decided it wanted to give back and raise funds for a Cuddle Cot to be donated to a hospital in need.

‘‘We would love to give back and be able to help other grieving families with this precious time with their angel baby,’’ Mrs Williams said.

She said it was about helping grieving parents to spend as much time needed with the baby as they wanted.

‘‘I want to be able to help other families that sadly have babies that grow their wings too soon get to spend those last crucial moments with their precious babies,’’ Mrs Williams said.

Sadly, Mrs Williams lost a third child, Finley Alex Williams, at eight weeks old.

With the support of friends, family and the community, Mrs Williams hopes to raise $6000 for the Bears of Hope foundation by February next year and leave a lasting legacy in honour of her boys.

‘‘I want to bring more awareness to miscarriage, stillbirth and infant loss because this day and age it is still such a taboo subject,’’ Mrs Williams said.

To donate to the Bears of Hope foundation, go to cuddlecot.gofundraise.com.au and follow the link to support Ana-Maree Williams.