Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness - of Washington County, MD

Catherine Elizabeth Embly

On October 14, 2014 Renee and Rob Embly of Smithsburg, MD donated a CuddleCot to Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown in honor of their daughter, Catherine Elizabeth Embly.

Meritus Medical Center is only the 5th hospital in the United States to have a CuddleCot. 

A CuddleCot is a Moses basket with a cooling system that keeps the baby cool to slow deterioration, giving the family more time to spend with their baby.

They first became available in the United States in January 2014.

Sophia Marie Shutack and Jack Alexander Shutack

Megan and Brad Shutack have donated three CuddleCots to local hospitals in memory of their angels, Sophia Marie Shutack and Jack Alexander Shutack.  On July 17, 2015 they donated the first CuddleCot to Chambersburg Hospital.  They were able to donate two more CuddleCots to Waynesboro Hospital on August 12, 2015.  Their goal is to raise funds to donate CuddleCots to as many hospitals as possible.  You can help them pursue their goal by making a donation at

"A life may last a moment, but memory can make that moment last forever."

"Each new life, no matter how fragile or brief, forever changes the world."

The CuddleCot originated in the UK.  They were first introdued in the United States in January 2014.  There are approximately 60 CuddleCots in the Unite States at this time. 

For more information about the CuddleCot, please click on the links below:

SOBBS – Stories of Babies Born Still

“Smithsburg parents who lost child donate ‘CuddleCot’ for stillborns”

Flexmort CuddleCot US
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