Our Story

The Born Sleeping Foundation started as a way to honor the memory of our baby, Wesley, who passed away as a full term baby in April 2021, due to a true knot in his umbilical cord. Unfortunately, our family joined the other 24,000 families that had a stillborn child in 2021.

For all of these families, tragedy is thrust upon them in the most unexpected way. The Foundation was started as a way to raise money to purchase medical devices called Cuddle Cots, which provide grieving families with the gift of time. A Cuddle Cot is a cooling bed that helps preserve the body of a stillborn baby for up to two weeks, and allows the family time to say their goodbyes.

Our hospital, Kaiser Roseville, did not have one of these at the time of delivery. Through the generosity of our family and friends, we were able to donate our first Cuddle Cot to Kaiser Roseville on Wesley's 6-month birthdate. The Foundation’s goal is to donate a Cuddle Cot to a new hospital every year in Wesley’s memory.

How can I help?

You can help by donating and spreading the word about the Born Sleeping Foundation! Our goal is to provide grieving families love, time, and compassion in the form of donating a Cuddle Cot to a new hospital each year. We have an annual fundraiser held in the spring to raise funds, but accept donations year-round.