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AuBuchon Family Donates Smart Cradle to Parkland Health Center in Memory of Daughter Eastyn

(FARMINGTON, MO – October 5, 2020) – A local family is turning the pain of pregnancy loss into an act of kindness for others who experience a similar tragedy. After a pregnancy loss, many families want to spend as much time as possible with their infants. Mothers are often hospitalized for days after giving birth – which allows for precious time for families to see and hold a child who unfortunately will not return home with them.
“During a routine 36-week check-up, our lives came crashing down as we were told our sweet baby’s heart had stopped beating,” said Chelcy AuBuchon. “We were induced the next day, and Eastyn Marie AuBuchon was born still on August 13, 2019.”
The sudden loss of a pregnancy is devastating, and due to the natural changes that occur in the body after death, families typically only get a few hours with their baby. Fortunately, the hospital where Chelcy delivered had access to a smart cradle, which is a type of bassinet equipped with a cooling unit that keeps the bassinet’s gel-filled liner at 42 to 45 degrees. This chilled liner gives families the gift of time by slowing these natural changes - allowing loved ones additional time to make memories, take photos, and properly say goodbye to their baby before leaving the hospital.
“I was told about the Cenotaph Smart Cradle through another mother of an angel, who had also donated Cenotaph Cradles in memory of her son,” said Chelcy. “We were given a similar cradle when we delivered Eastyn. It was a true blessing to have no time constraints. We were able to spend as much time with her as we needed because of the cooling cot.”
Unfortunately, these new devices are not available in all hospitals. “I knew I had to help change that,” said Chelcy. “No parent living in their darkest days should have to worry about a time limit with their baby.”
Through a GoFundMe page, the AuBuchon family raised most of the funds needed to support the purchase of a Cenotaph Smart Cradle for Parkland Health Center, the family’s local hospital.  “We are often overwhelmed with how many people love and support us,” said Chelcy. “It’s very humbling.”
A generous donation from the Parkland Health Center Foundation completed the fundraising, and on September 17, 2020, a Cenotaph Smart Cradle was delivered to the hospital. “Over the past two years, the Foundation has worked to update Parkland’s Obstetrics, Labor and Delivery Department,” said Carla Crocker, Foundation Coordinator. “The addition of this equipment to our hospital will allow us to take the very best care of a grieving family in an unimaginable situation."
“We are extremely grateful to the AuBuchon family and the Foundation for supplying our hospital with this cradle,” said Lisa Helvey, Manager of Parkland’s Women’s and Infants Department. “This will give the nursing staff the opportunity to allow families to spend extended time with their babies, and hopefully help heal their hearts throughout the grieving process.”
Chelcy, along with husband Reggie and daughters Brynlee, Malia, and Geva were all present when the smart cradle was delivered to Parkland Health Center. The family was able to see the cradle they so generously donated, and that they hope will be a blessing to other families facing a similar loss. They added a final touch to the cradle during their visit: a delicate plaque with an image of a butterfly that reads, “In loving memory of Eastyn Marie AuBuchon, and all babies gone too soon.”

Parkland Health Center
Parkland Health Center includes two locations in Missouri — a full-service acute care hospital in Farmington as well as a three-bed critical access hospital in Bonne Terre. Parkland Health Center provides quality primary and secondary level inpatient and outpatient services to the people of St. Francois County and surrounding areas in southeastern Missouri.  Services across these two facilities include intensive care, obstetrics, geriatric psychiatry emergency services, oncology, infusion, sleep lab, wound care, and the Huckstep Heart and Lung Center. 
Parkland Health Center is part of BJC HealthCare which also includes St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Barnes-Jewish Hospital, the teaching hospitals for Washington University School of Medicine. For additional information about Parkland Health Center, please call (573) 756-6451 or the physician finder service at (573) 431-3338 or visit

BJC HealthCare
BJC HealthCare is one of the largest nonprofit health care organizations in the United States, delivering services to residents primarily in the greater St. Louis, southern Illinois, and mid-Missouri regions. Serving the health care needs of urban, suburban, and rural communities, BJC includes 15 hospitals and multiple health service organizations. Services include inpatient and outpatient care, primary care, community health and wellness, workplace health, home health, community mental health, rehabilitation, long-term care, and hospice. BJC’s nationally recognized academic hospitals, Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s hospitals, are affiliated with Washington University School of Medicine.
Photo: Chelcy and Reggie AuBuchon, along with their daughters Brynlee, Malia, and Geva, present their donation of a Cenotaph Smart Cradle to Parkland Health Center in memory of their daughter, Eastyn.

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