This is quite a difficult post for me to write but I have been asked twice recently how Sophie could stay with us and did she deteriorate while we spent the night and the next day at the hospital? OK so here goes, and this should help (I hope) to relay anyone’s fears if they are going though the same thing.
The hospital use something known as a cold cot (or cuddle cot as it’s sometimes called); these special cots have a refrigeration unit attached, keep the temperature inside the cot cool… this will help to keep your baby cool and slow down signs of deterioration; it allows for you to have as many cuddles as you like; as long as you place baby back inside the cold cot after each cuddle.
They come in various designs, Sophie’s was a wooden box with a lid and a comfy mattress! The lid helped to keep the temperature even cooler and this was perfect!, at the funeral directors the cold cot was a refrigerated moses basket and I have also heard of refrigerated mattresses being placed inside ordinary hospital cots.
Sophie didn’t deteriorate at all in hospital (babies can start to decompose within a few hours of birth), and even after her post-mortem she hadn’t deteriorated much due to being kept in cold cots; this was her at 16 days. In fact she really didn’t change much at all leading up to her funeral, and this is thanks to the cold cot. So if you have a chance to use one; then please do.
Some of the cold (cuddle) cots that I have seen: