Couple Turns Loss Into Help for Other Grieving Families

Knowing their baby boy, Braden, would never get the chance to grow up was devastating for Meghan and Kristen Jackman. But they treasured the moments they spent with Braden after he was stillborn in 2016, thanks to a special bassinet that had been donated to their hospital by another family.  

The bassinet, known as a CuddleCot, cools and helps to preserve the stillborn baby’s body so parents can have more time to say goodbye. “It helped with our healing,” Meghan said. “It gave us the time to take pictures and just spend some time with Braden.”

After their experience with the CuddleCot, the Stoughton couple wanted to provide the same comfort to other grieving families. They started the Braden Patrick Jackman Memorial Foundation, raising money through an annual softball tournament to provide CuddleCots and other resources to Massachusetts hospitals.

After a friend of theirs spoke highly of her experience giving birth at Winchester Hospital, the Jackmans checked to see if the hospital had a CuddleCot. After learning that it did not, Meghan, Kristin and 6-month-old Connor donated a new CuddleCot in Braden’s memory to Winchester’s Labor and Delivery team in February.

“I hate that anyone would have to use it, but it helped with our healing,” Meghan said. “We can’t take their pain away, but we hope that it will help.”