Local family honors late daughter with CuddleCot at Women’s Hospital

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GREENSBORO, N.C. – They describe it as planning a future and a funeral all in the blink of an eye.

Shannon and Tim Norman lost their little girl shortly after welcoming her into the world.

“March 8th, 2013 we lost our daughter Sophia Norman. Our water broke early and we ended up having to induce labor,” Shannon Norman said.

“We had about 11 hours with our baby girl. She had a heart beat up until the time she was born. When she was born we were saying hello and goodbye in the same breath,” Tim Norman said.

To honor their daughter, the Norman family looked for ways to give back and help other families that might experience the loss of a baby.

In partnership with Women’s Hospital, the Norman family raised money for a CuddleCot.

A CuddleCot is an in-room bassinet that’s equipped with a cooling system that allows parents who suffer the loss of an infant to have more time with their baby.

This is the first CuddleCot for Women’s Hospital -- making it the second available in North Carolina.

250 were available in the United States as of July of this year.

“Everybody that interacts with patients, we all grieve when we see this happen to a family and we want to make it at the very least, as smooth as we can and as beautiful as we can for families because that’s how we cope with our own grief too,” said Katy Claussen, a Cone Health chaplain.

The CuddleCot cooling pad has options for premature and full-term infants.

The one at Women’s Hospital cost $2,800.

The Norman family partnered with the non-profit Stories of Babies Born for funding.

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