Published on August 31, 2021

Caring Cradles Dedicated at MidMichigan Medical Center – West Branch

Photo of the Maternity staff at MidMichigan Medical Center - West Branch and Metro Detroit Share staff pictured with a Caring Cradle.The MidMichigan Health Foundation, MidMichigan Medical Center – West Branch Maternity Unit and Metro Detroit Share held a dedication ceremony in memory of families across Michigan.

Metro Detroit Share, a state-wide pregnancy and infant loss bereavement support organization, has provided Caring Cradles (cooling unit bassinets) to MidMichigan Health’s Maternity Units over the past two years. The Caring Cradle allows an opportunity for families that have lost their baby to keep their baby in their room with them. It preserves the baby and will enable families to be able to create memories. Memories that otherwise wouldn't be possible, such as taking pictures and holding the baby before the difficult task of saying goodbye.

Angela Winton, founder of Metro Detroit Share, was inspired to start the organization by the loss of her daughter, Brooke Marie, in 2005. The group, founded three years later, offers services intended to help families bring more awareness about pregnancy and infant loss.

“It’s very emotional. It’s an emotional time both for the family and for the staff,” said Winton. “MidMichigan Medical Centers in Alpena, Gratiot, Midland and West Branch have all received a Caring Cradle to assist grieving families throughout one of the most devastating experiences a parent can face.”

The Caring Cradle works by using a cooled mattress pad, allowing the family to spend several more hours/days with their loved one. During that time, families receive a special box full of items they will hold near and dear to their hearts after leaving the hospital.

“They are not going home with empty arms,” said Winton. “You come into the hospital, you expect to go home with a baby in your arms, so this will at least give them something to take home with them.”

“We are honored that Metro Detroit Share has united their efforts in this special way that will impact the lives of others in our communities,” said Nicole Potter, director, MidMichigan Health Foundation. “Their compassion and concern for the well-being of our families are incredible.”

The option to join in supporting maternity health care is also available by visiting www.midmichigan.org/donations.