Cheyenne Family to Donate CuddleCot to Cheyenne Regional Medical Center on April 12

On April 12, 2017, 2 p.m., Daniel and Brittney Wells of Cheyenne will donate a CuddleCot to Cheyenne Regional Medical Center in loving memory of their only child, a son, Ayden Daniel Wells, who was stillborn on March 2, 2016.

The reception is being hosted by the Cheyenne Regional Foundation in CRMC’s solarium, located on the ninth floor of the hospital’s patient tower.

Reporters are invited to attend the presentation, which will include comments from the Wells; Scott Fox, the Foundation’s executive director; and Erin McKinney, clinical director of CRMC’s Mother/Baby unit.

“Providing families additional time with their infant through the use of the CuddleCot is highly encouraged by bereavement practitioners,” McKinney said. “Having a CuddleCot available allows the family to form an important bond with their baby by giving them time to be with their baby and do the things that new parents do: cuddle with their baby, bath and dress their baby and take photographs with their baby. The CuddleCot also allows time for other family members to travel to the hospital to see and spend time with the baby.”


  • Last winter Daniel and Brittney Wells created an online campaign to raise money to purchase a CuddleCot to donate to CRMC in memory of their son. Nearly $6,000 was raised:· The CuddleCot being donated to CRMC is the first to be used in Wyoming.
  • In appreciation of the Wells’ gift, a leaf in Ayden’s memory will be added to the Cheyenne Regional Foundation’s “Tree of Life,” located on a wall in the main hallway at CRMC.

Information about the CuddleCot is available below and online at

  • The CuddleCot system cools the baby in situ, allowing the baby to remain with the family for several hours. The cooling pad is placed in the bassinet, and a specially insulated hose quietly cools the pad and the bassinet environment. The CuddleCot system includes cooling pads that can fit a premature up to a full-term baby.
  • The CuddleCot has passed rigorous hospital infection control standards. It is designed to reduce the risks of microbial growth within the system.
  • CuddleCots are used in maternity departments and children’s hospices in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and Canada. Use of the CuddleCot in helping a family deal with the loss of an infant is widely accepted among bereavement practitioners.