Canadian Cooling Cot Campaign

The death of a child is a devastating tragedy that more than 2,800 families in Canada experience every year. The goals of this campaign are to:
  • Create awareness about the availability and benefits of cooling cots.
  • Help individuals and families in Canada organize fundraisers for their local hospitals to purchase such cots.
  • Provide communication and outreach support for anyone organizing fundraisers for this purpose.
Please note: the campaign organizers do not claim credit for any individual fundraisers. The fundraising work is organized by individuals, families or support organizations who deserve acknowledgement for their work.
There was so little time to create memories with our child after he had died as a newborn baby. Every minute counted to soak in his looks, explore his tiny hands and feet, feel his skin, cuddle, be together, take pictures and create memories. We had to squeeze a lifetime of experience into a few hours. If a cooling cot can help a family spend more time together, we have made a difference.

What are Cooling Cots?

A Cooling Cot, such as the CuddleCot™ or the CaringCradle, cools the baby in situ allowing the baby to remain with the family in the hospital room thereby providing the family time they want. The cooling pad is placed in any moses basket, crib, pram or bed; it is connected by a specially insulated hose and is quietly cooled using the cooling unit.

Why are the cots needed?

With the cot a baby can stay with the parents in the hospital room for the entire time and it slows down the baby’s body from changing too quickly. Baby won't have to go to the morgue initially and no cooling with ice bags (alternative way) is required. Parents will gain important time with their baby without having to juggle ice bags or deal with dampness.

How will we succeed?

Many bereaved families are looking for ways to give back to a hospital, help other families and do something positive in the memory of their child. We believe that we will be able to work with families who have experienced the death of a child to make this campaign successful.

Fundraisers

Help us give the gift of time by either supporting the campaign (donations will be allocated to greatest need) or by picking a specific active fundraiser.

Active Fundraisers

British Columbia
Lakeridge Health - Oshawa, ON
Mills Memorial Hospital - Terrace, BC
Ottawa Hospital - Ottawa, ON

Completed Fundraisers

Victoria General Hospital - Victoria, BC
Canuck Place Children's Hospice - Vancouver, BC
St. Paul's Hospital - Vancouver, BC
Abbotsford Regional Hospital - Abbotsford, BC
Royal Columbian Hospital - New Westminster, BC
BC Women's Hospital - Vancouver, BC
Langley Memorial Hospital - Langley, BC
Chiliwack General Hospital - Chiliwack, BC
Surrey Memorial Hospital - Surrey, BC
Kelowna General Hospital - Kelowna, BC
Royal Inland Hospital - Kamloops, BC
Vernon Jubilee Hospital - Vernon, BC
Penticton Regional Hospital - Penticton, BC
Dawson Creek Hospital - Dawson Creek, BC
Prince George, BC
Peace Arch Hospital - White Rock, BC
Queen Elizabeth II Hospital - Grande Prairie, AB
Fort McMurray Hospital - Fort McMurray, AB
Peace River Community Health Centre - Peace River, AB
Peter Lougheed Hospital - Calgary, AB
Rockyview Hospital - Calgary, AB
Stollery Network - Edmonton, AB
Belleville General Hospital - Belleville, ON
Northumberland Hills Hospital - Cobourg, ON
Sault Area Hospital - Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Pembroke Regional Hospital - Petawawa, ON
Queen Elizabeth Hospital - Charlottetown, PE
Victoria Hospital - Prince Albert, SK
Cypress Regional Hospital - Swift Current, SK
Royal University Hospital - Saskatoon, SK
Regina General Hospital - Regina, SK
Battlefords Union Hospital - North Battleford, SK
St. Joseph's Hospital - Estevan, SK

Other hospitals that use cooling cots

Mission

Every hospital with maternity ward in Canada will be provided with a cooling cot - a crucial piece of equipment used to support parents who experience the loss of their baby. The cooling cot can help them spend precious time with their child.

News Coverage

Information for Hospitals

Information for Bereaved Parents: Organize a Fundraiser