Family donates CuddleCot to Rockford's Mercyhealth

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- It can be the most difficult time in a family's life: A stillbirth.

The Harwick family lost their baby boy, Jack, in September 2015 from a stillbirth. They were only able to spend 4 hours with Jack before he was taken away.

It was then that the Harwick's decided they didn't want anyone else to have the same experience.

Today they are donating a CuddleCot to Rockford's Mercyhealth hospital in honor of Jack.

These cots help cool the baby's bed, which slows down the process of the baby decomposing after it has passed away. This gives loved ones more time to spend with their babies. The Harwick's say this helps make the process a little easier.

"It's not gonna take away the pain; it's not gonna lessen the grief. It just allows you that time to process what is going on so that you can decide what memories you want to make, what pictures you want to take, who you want to meet your child," says Jackie Harwick, Jack's mother.

The Janesville family started the Jack Pack foundation last year to raise money for these cots. Since then, they have raised money to donate 6 cuddle cots to area hospitals. These devices can cost around $3,000 each.

Harwick says the company they buy CuddleCots from is in Europe, and they don't know of anywhere in the United States that sells them.

These beds can allow families to spend several days with their babies, instead of several hours.