Cooling cot

Stephanie and Nick Beaudrie, center, donated a cooling cot to the Family Birth Center at MCHS in Eau Claire. At left are Dennis Ogren, Halos of the St. Croix Valley, and Christine Boe, Family Birth Center. At right are Stephenie Ebsen, Halos of the St. Croix Valley, and Ellen Erickson, Family Birth Center.

EAU CLAIRE — Nick and Stephanie Beaudrie of Eau Claire recently donated a cooling cot to the Family Birth Center at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire to help parents dealing with the loss of a newborn. The cot is a cooling system for stillborn babies, which is placed in a bassinet, bed or crib to allow families more time with their baby to help them cope with their loss.

The couple made the donation in honor of their son, Andrew, who was stillborn in August 2017.

“We got to spend eight hours with Andrew,” says Stephanie Beaudrie. “There was a lot of joy in those eight hours, along with the sadness. We wanted to make sure other parents could spend time with their little one.”

With the help of Halos of the St. Croix Valley, a nonprofit foundation that assists families after the loss of a child, the Beaudries raised $3,800 to buy the cot.

“The loss of a child is a journey that no parent or family ever wants to take,” says Christine Boe, Family Birth Center director.

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Dunn County News editor

Barbara Lyon is the editor of The Dunn County News in Menomonie, WI.

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