HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – It is hard to imagine having the strength to find joy during sorrow, but that is what John and Tiffany Breininger did on July 22. Their daughter Emma Grace was born silently into this world at PinnacleHealth Harrisburg Hospital.
“We delivered at 10:53 p.m. and she was 7 pounds and 20 3/4 inches, and she was beautiful and perfect in every way,” Tiffany Breininger said. “She had big feet like her daddy, lots of hair, and my nose and perfect little hands and fingers. Our families were there to support and love and get to know her.”
The family spent several hours holding, kissing and taking pictures with Emma after she was born. That time helped the family build memories.
“Very early on in my grief, I decided to do something to mother my daughter,” Tiffany said.
Emma inspired her mom to start the Queen B Project, a non-profit that provides care packages to families who have lost a baby. TIffany also raised more than $12,000 for a cuddlecot she donated to Harrisburg Hospital.
“A cuddlecot is a cooling system that goes into a Moses basket and it is used for families that can spend more time with their baby,” Tiffany said. “It is not very well known to a lot of hospitals, or that the option is available, and I just think it is so meaningful and just a great gift for hospitals to have for families going through such a difficult time.”
The same nurses who helped the Breiningers through the birth of their daughter were there to accept the gift on behalf of the hospital.
“What the cuddlecot does is it allows us more time. It helps keep the temperature of the babies more cool, therefore preserved in a way, so that there’s not as much of a pressure to separate the baby them from their parents. That is a profound gift,” said Lexi Abeln, a labor and delivery nurse.
Tiffany says being able to spend time with Emma helped her say goodbye.
“It is OK to hold your baby and love your baby and to take pictures, because this is the only time you have to make memories with them,” she said.
To learn more: http://queenbproject.org/index.html