January 15, 2019
Gives Family of a Stillborn Infant Ability to Spend Time with Child
Morrisville, VT –A Connecticut family’s tragic loss has become a passionate crusade that will help families in Lamoille County. Katie & Jim McGonigal of Woodbridge, CT are founders of Scarlet’s Mission, named in memory of their stillborn daughter, Scarlet Suzy McGonigal, born July 18, 2015. They recently donated a “Cuddle Cot” for use in Copley Hospital’s Birthing Center for families experiencing a stillbirth. The Cuddle Cot, which looks like a conventional bassinet, is a cooling unit that allows families to spend extra time with their baby, by regulating its temperature.
“We are grateful to Katie and Jim for this incredibly thoughtful and personally meaningful gift,” says Kelli Converse, Copley Hospital’s Director of Inpatient Services. “The Cuddle Cot from Scarlet’s Mission gives parents experiencing a stillbirth an opportunity to spend precious time with their infant, before they say their final goodbye.”
Katie explained that her experience in a Connecticut hospital was difficult, with a number of decisions having to be made while she was in labor and in the midst of the emotional pain of learning that their child was gone. “It became my mission to make sure this didn’t happen to another family again,” said McGonigal. “By outfitting hospitals with Cuddle Cots, families have the option of spending more time with their infant;time to process their grief and time to make the right decisions for their family and their angel baby.”
The McGonigals are donating Cuddle Cots to hospitals for which they have a connection. Jim McGonigal is originally from Vermont and they have friends in the area. Scarlet’s Mission received funding for the donation from The White Light Foundation, affiliated with the band Twiddle. The White Light Foundation donates proceeds from the sale of Twiddle concert merchandise to local area not-for-profit organizations.
About Copley Hospital
Copley Hospital is a not-for-profit Critical Access Hospital serving the greater Lamoille County region. Copley offers exceptional care from skilled specialists using state-of-the-art treatments and technology supported with the warm, personalized feel of a community hospital. Copley Hospital’s Birthing Center welcomed 176 newborns in fiscal year 2018 (October 1, 2017-September 30, 2018). The Women’s Center provides well woman care, contraceptive options, menopause care, and treatment of problem gynecologic conditions and diseases, with care provided by certified nurse midwives: Jackie Bromley, CNM; Kipp Bovey, CNM; April Vanderveer, CNM; and Marj Kelso; CNM; with OB/GYN specialist Will Ellis, MD. Copley also offers 24-hour emergency services and inpatient and outpatient care including Cardiology, General Surgery, Obstetrics/Gynecology (The Women’s Center), Orthopedics (Mansfield Orthopaedics), Rehabilitation Services, and Diagnostic Imaging on its campus in Morrisville. Visit http://www.copleyvt.org or call 802-888-8888 for more information.