Cold Cot Workshop
“Cold Cot” is a term used to describe a piece of equipment designed to keep a baby’s body cool after it’s death. It is suitable for use with babies that have been lost through miscarriage, stillbirth, during labour, or after birth. Some pieces of equipment can be flexible and used with older babies and toddlers too. This is a fairly new piece of equipment, that is gradually being adopted by some labour wards for use on their bereavement suites.
Our organisation Towards Tomorrow Together has funded and supplied a cold cot to Burton Hospital Click HERE to read more
The advantages of using a Cold Cot is that
- Natural changes caused by decomposition can be slowed down.
- Distress to parents can be reduced.
- Time can be gained enabling other family members to travel to meet the baby.
- Extra time can be used to support parents to create lasting memories.
- Parents can gain extra time to make important decisions without feeling rushed by the changes the baby goes through.
- Parents can be supported to take their baby home with them for some time if they wish to.
There can be some difficulties experienced when using a cold cot such as
- Parents being scared to use it.
- Lack of training, or knowledge by the staff using the equipment causing extra distress to parents.
- Limited information available about the use of cold cots, including optimum temperatures to be maintained.
This two hour cold cot workshop aims to facilitate the labour/neonatal ward staff team and support them as they explore the use of the cold cot in their unit. It is deliverable on site, to staff teams of at least 15 and costs £25 per person (and travelling expenses if outside Somerset, UK). By the end of the workshop staff will
- Understand what a cold cot is.
- Have watched a video which clearly shows my experiences at the time we lost Finley, and the things we were able to do due to having extra time with him.
- Understand how the use of the cold cot can help to create memories and promote healing.
- Have a better understanding of the impact of the feelings at the time of loss, on the ability to make decisions.
- Have an understanding of how to communicate about the use of the cold cot with parents.
- Have discussed and planned as a team how to integrate the cold cot into practice, or improve the practice.
- Have reflected upon their personal learning.
To find out more, or to arrange for Mel Scott to come to your hospital to deliver the workshop please e mail firstname.lastname@example.org
To find out about receiving a funded cold cot, with maintenance for a year and training please e mail email@example.com