Special Cot Helps Grieving Parents Make Memories

The Kent baby loss charity Abigail’s Footsteps has donated an Abi Cooling Cot to Poole Maternity hospital in memory of baby Andrew thanks to his mum Natalie Warren.

Families who suffer the tragedy of stillbirth will be able to spend precious time with their baby at Poole Maternity Hospital thanks to an  ‘Abi Cooling cot’ donated through the charity Abigail’s Footsteps.

The special cot was purchased with funds raised by the family and friends of Natalie Warren who lost her son Andrew nearly 17 years ago whilst 32 weeks pregnant. In honour of Andrew’s 16th birthday Natalie hosted a Family Fun Day to raise the £2,900 to purchase an Abi Cooling Cot.

Natalie Warren said: “It’s been 16 years since we lost our son Andrew, and the pain never goes away. We didn’t have the chance to spend much time with him, so being able to give grieving parents and families the gift of additional time to spend with their baby means that Andrew’s memory will be now looked back with saudade.”

Natalie and her friend Natalie Pieri visited Poole Maternity Hospital to officially hand over the cot to the maternity unit on Wednesday 12 April 2023.  Natalie said “Thank you to the whole team for hosting myself and Natalie.  It was a lovely and humbling experience, and we are so glad that the cot has been able to bring some comfort to parents who have found themselves in that heart-breaking position.”

The Cooling Cot will be used in the hospital’s Bereavement Suite that offers parents a safe and comfortable space to spend time with their baby and receive visits from family and friends.

Michelle Norton, Bereavement Support Midwife at Poole Maternity Hospital said, “Receiving the donation of the Abi Cooling Cot has meant so much to us as a team caring for bereaved families.  It has ensured that our families can now spend more precious time with their baby and have them close to them. We would like to send a huge thank you to the family and friends who have fundraised and to make them aware of the comfort that they have already brought to our families.”

David Ward, Chief Executive, Abigail’s Footsteps, said, “Abigail’s Footsteps is committed to providing an Abi Cooling Cot to all hospitals across the UK. Each special cot costs £2,900 and thanks to the generosity of those who fundraise for us we have to date been able to donate over 100 cots to hospitals across the UK.”

To find out more about Abigail’s Footsteps visit www.abigailsfootsteps.co.uk and to discuss how you could help fundraise for an Abi Cooling Cot please contact faye.hill@abigailsfootsteps.co.uk

About the Abi Cooling Cot

Donations  allow Abigail’s Footsteps to distribute  Abi Cooling cots  to hospitals across the country. The Abi Cooling Cot keeps the baby at a cooler temperature meaning that the child can stay with their parents for longer, giving families the chance to grieve and say goodbye in their own time.

The Abi Cot is produced by The Bond Group who are based in Sheerness, Kent and every donated cold cot includes an engraved plaque, in memory of a family’s loss.


About Abigail’s Footsteps

Abigail’s Footsteps is a Kent based baby loss charity providing support and counselling for bereaved parents and families as well as specialist bereavement training for midwives and healthcare professionals.

The charity was founded by parents Jo and David Ward following the death of their daughter Abigail Ward who was stillborn at 41 weeks.

Since 2010, they charity has worked to improve the way bereaved parents are cared for by hospitals and to better educate midwives about how to care for grieving parents. Sadly, stillbirths occur daily, yet many hospitals are not equipped to deal with the parental care required.

By working with medical professionals to understand the issues and seek solutions Abigail’s Footsteps has helped many families across the UK.