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CUDDLE COT PURCHASED
Grieving time for lost babies extended
Calvary midwife Hana Sayers raised $5000 for a Cuddle Cot.
Photo: Elesa Kurtz
Families of newborns whose lives
were cut short far too soon can now
spend more moments with their
precious bubs thanks to The Calvary
Hospital s new Cuddle Cot.
Midwife Hana Sayers embarked on
a fundraising mission for the
internationally-recognised cot, which
has a cooling system that extends the
window family and friends have to be
with a loved one after they have
"I found it quite a gift to be able to
have as much time as we needed in that
early grieving process," she said.
"I thought it would be a valuable
thing for our maternity service for the
small group of people who lose babies
either during pregnancy as a stillbirth
or after birth."
It appeared the community agreed,
as Ms Sayers raised $5000 for the
specialised cot in just 48 hours through
a website and social media. Within
weeks it was brought to Calvary
A child is delivered but dies every
four hours in Australia.
Research shows that the gift of time
given by a Cuddle Cot can help with
starting a healthy mourning and
It allows families to spend hours or
days with their babies without their
condition deteriorating. They are able
to use that time as they wish, from
dressing them, to bathing them, to
simply sitting by their side.
They can stay with the infant for up
to five days, although most parents
leave hospital before then.
The baby s temperature eventually
decreases to that in a mortuary as the
cooling mat sitting inside the cot cools
down to about 5 degrees. This is done
through a hose that pumps cold water
into the mat.
The only family that had used the
Cuddle Cot since it was brought to the
hospital before Christmas apparently
gave positive feedback.
Ms Sayers expects and hopes the
Cuddle Cot will rarely be handled, but
said "to make a difference for just one
family is huge".
While the cot is used more
commonly overseas, it is becoming
more commonplace in Australia. The
midwifery director at Calvary
Hospital, Christine Falez, believes
every hospital should provide the
option of one to parents.
"In the rare event that it happens, it
is very, very sad for everybody and we
do as much as we can for parents," she
"It s not just this, but it s broader
support in the way of social work,
which would provide counselling and
information around funerals and also
CYCLIST INJURY CHECK
in ACT review
Over a four-year period, Canberra
police fined 201 cyclists for riding
without helmets; another 367 were
issued with cautions or warnings.
The statistics were detailed by ACT
Policing after the ACT government
floated the changes to roads that would
allow cyclists to travel at low speeds in
shared zones and university campuses.
The government s new five-year
road safety plan, released by Road
Safety Minister Shane Rattenbury last
week, included 39 recommendations
to improve safety and encourage more
Canberrans to cycle.
The proposal is in stark contrast to
new rules and penalties to be
introduced by the NSW government,
which requires cyclists to carry photo
identification at all times.
Those caught riding without
identification after March will be
presented with a $106 fine, which is
the same penalty applied to drivers
caught without a licence.
Cyclists will be fined $319 for not
wearing a helmet; an increase of 350
per cent on the current NSW penalty.
In Canberra, cyclists caught riding
without a helmet are fined $118.
An ACT Justice and Community
Safety Directorate spokesman said an
expert would examine whether people
should be able to ride without a helmet
in low speed areas, including shared
zones, cycling paths and campuses.
"This action item is not to hold a
trial, nor is it flagging an intention to
change the laws," the spokesman said.
"It simply recognises that there is
some analysis to indicate that the
requirement to wear helmets
discourages some from cycling."
The spokesman said the expert
would present the government with a
balanced review of the initiative and
Mr Rattenbury has said there is
evidence helmets reduce the rate of
injuries, although there was evidence
they were stopping people riding.
"The ANU campus in the city... is
all a low speed environment and we
can imagine a scenario where people
would move across campus or ride to
a meeting across the city without
having to wear a helmet," he said.
WATER STORAGE LEVELS STILL HIGH
With close to 40 degree weather hitting the capital last week
people would be forgiven for day dreaming about water.
During hotter-than-average heatwave conditions, Icon
Water released figures to show dam storage levels have
remained high. Water conservation measures remain in place
across the ACT and in Queanbeyan. Figures released on
Friday show average water use was at 200ml a day and dam
levels have remained between 79 per cent and 78 per cent of
capacity between February 19 and 26.
Soaring temperatures break records
Canberra sweltered through
record-breaking heat last
week, the peak of which hit
last Thursday afternoon with a
total fire ban in place across
According to Bureau of
Meteorology records, the
mercury reached 38 degrees
about 4pm on Thursday,
February 25, making it the
warmest day recorded in late
Hot temperatures and dry
conditions on the Thursday
made work difficult for rural
firefighters, who were tasked
with extinguishing a bushfire
Close to 20 firefighters
responded to the blaze, with
another three-hectare fire
burning near Bolaro, west of
Mount Clear near the ACT
The conditions also worried
ACT Emergency Services
Dominic Lane, who issued a
total fire ban.
While there was some relief
during the weekend,
temperatures were still fairly
high. The above-average
temperatures will be common
across much of Australia, with
the bureau s outlook for
autumn favouring on-going
Summer s not keen to give
up in its grip on Australia just
yet, Andrew Watkins,
manager of climate prediction
services at the bureau, said.
A relatively dry wet season
across the country s north and
the second-latest start to the
cyclone season in a half
century of records were
classic El Nino signals, he
The El Nino, which is
marked by weak or reversed
trade winds across the Pacific,
is beginning to decline but its
influence on Australia -- and
far beyond -- is likely to linger
for a while yet.
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to the
aggravated robbery of Chemist Outlet in
Dickson on Wednesday, February 24.
About 3.50pm, a man with a firearm entered
the store and threatened two staff members. He
demanded they empty the cash till into a black
Staff complied and the man fled with a sum of
cash. It is believed the offender then headed
towards Cowper Street.
The man was described as wearing black
clothing, black sunglasses and a black cloth to
cover his face. Police suspect the offender was in
the area of the chemist for some time before the
Anyone who may have been in the area or who
can provide any information regarding this
matter is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on
1800 333 000 or via act.crimestoppers.com.au.
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