MVH South receives Caring Cradle donation for grieving parents

The Maternity Center at Miami Valley Hospital received a Caring Cradle donation during a ceremony held in the hospital Chapel on Friday for grieving parents.

The Caring Cradle was donated by Dr. David and Laura Herman in memory of their son, Lincoln Matthew Herman, a beloved baby boy who was stillborn on April 13, 2018, according to a release. The Herman's were so grateful for the incredible care they received at Miami Valley Hospital South, as well as the availability of the Caring Cradle on the South campus--which allowed them to spend three days with Lincoln.

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Caring Cradles are cooling devices that lower the temperature of stillborn babies, extending the amount of precious time a grieving family can spend with their baby.

It also gives families the gift of time after the loss of a baby, allowing a family days with their baby rather than mere hours, the release stated. The family can dress him or her, take photos and make memories, which is crucial to the grieving process for mothers, fathers, and their families.

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