Helen James Foundation
HJF honors our angel Helen James Long who was born sleeping on June 5, 2018. It supports grieving families who have experienced pregnancy and infant loss.
August 5, 2019 Update
Here is the latest update on our fundraising efforts.
Since June of 2018, we have raised $41,064.08 and have been been able to donate EIGHT Cuddle Cots along with replacement kits to the following hospitals thanks to generous family, friends and even strangers.
Saint Thomas Midtown in Nashville, TN (the hospital where Helen was born)
Saint Thomas Rutherford County in Murfreesboro, TN
Saint Thomas McMinnville in McMinnville, TN
Germantown Methodist in Memphis, TN
Baptist Women's Hospital in Memphis, TN
Regional One Health (formerly The Med) in Memphis, TN
Northwestern Prentice Women's Hospital in Chicago, IL
Additionally, we were able to donate funds to help with the construction of a new Family Bereavement Room at Saint Thomas Midtown. The room is in the labor and delivery unit and is for families who have experienced the loss of a child. It will be a space for families to spend time with their baby after delivery. They will be able to give their child a bath, dress them and create hand and foot imprints keepsakes in a private space.
Joel and I are firm believers that the Cuddle Cot is a crucial part of acceptance and healing when experiencing the loss of a baby. We will always cherish our three days with Helen and will forever be grateful for the time the Cuddle Cot gave us with her. Helen has been able to help other families through the Cuddle Cot donations and we have heard and continue to hear of families who have been using her specific Cuddle Cots. Our hearts break for those families, but we are thankful that they are experiencing that extra time with their baby as we were able to with Helen.
24,000 babies are delivered stillborn in the United States every year. For parents, saying goodbye to their baby is the first step in a long grieving process. The Cuddle Cot helps to make that journey a little easier. The Cuddle Cot is a cooling device that preserves a stillborn baby’s body in a bassinet or crib, so that he or she can remain in a hospital room with the mother and father for up to five days. A baby’s presence with family is a priceless gift that helps to heal this most painful loss. When a family can hold, sing and rock their baby and allow siblings and extended family to share in the love, remarkable redemption can start to lift suffering.
Your generous donation will give families the gift of time and offer comfort as they mourn the loss of their precious child.
Learn more about the Cuddle Cot as well as our specific journey at the links below: