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Remembering Maddie and Zoey: Mickle Twins Memorial Gifts

This post is written by Michelle and Mike Mickle, who are remembering their angel twins in a special way:

On March 7, 2019, our lives were forever changed. Maddie Jo and Zoey Lynn were born sleeping at MercyOne Des Moines. They are our perfect little angels.

Even though their time with us here on Earth was cut way too short, we are forever grateful for the Cuddle Cot. This small cooling system allowed us to spend two blessed days with our twin daughters. Maddie and Zoey were right by our bedside. We were able to hold them and love them. Time we will cherish forever.

This time is often much shorter for other families that do not have use of a Cuddle Cot. In such a heartbreaking experience, moms and dads should not have to tell their baby or babies goodbye so soon. They should be able to spend time with them and cherish those precious moments.

We are forever grateful that in such a time of sadness, another family was so generous in giving, so that others who experience this horrific event, can spend time with their angel babies.

Many have asked if there is anything we need. Right now, we appreciate prayers, love, and su

pport—now and in the days, weeks, and months to come.

It was in those moments after we had gotten home from the hospital, that we decided we needed to pay it forward.  We wanted to do something to help others who were faced with this tragedy in life.

Currently, we have made it our mission to help fund another Cuddle Cot that will be given in honor of our beautiful baby girls.

Our goal is to raise $3,500 dollars, which will be given in honor of Maddie and Zoey to MercyOne Des Moines Children’s Hospital. These funds will then be used to purchase an additional Cuddle Cot and replace parts on the current one.  Any additional funds above and beyond will be placed in a bereavement fund that helps support needs of bereaved parents. If you would like to donate, please visit this link and click on “Mickle Twins Memorial Gifts” in the designation drop-down menu.

It is our hope that paying it forward will help others, just as we were. We are forever grateful for you and your willingness to support this cause.


With much love and sincere appreciation,

Mike, Michelle, Maddie, and Zoey Mickle



  1. Susan Andrews on May 21, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    Dear Michelle and Mike,
    What a soothing experience with the Cuddle Cot. I had never heard of it. I’m thankful it was there to help you with a more lasting memory with your girls.
    Thank you for the opportunity to contribute and help other parents in this heart breaking situation.
    Love Susan Andrews

  2. Christine Carstensen on June 6, 2019 at 10:13 am

    I am so glad the Cuddlecot was there for you! I helped donate in my daughter, Emily’s, name. I’m so sorry you had the need for it. Thank you for paying it forward to help other families who go through the loss of their children. I’m happy to donate more in the name of you babies.

  3. Amy Pope on June 6, 2019 at 9:39 pm

    Susan- I’ve used their cuddle cot twice in both losses of my girls over the last 3 years. It is amazing. I volunteer with a group, No Foot Too Small who also helps fund these types of things for bereavement suites across Iowa (and soon nationwide). I hope you’ll consider joining our group to help support each other and others who sadly experience the type of loss we go through. We also do quarterly Mom’s Night where we can speak about our babies and celebrate how much we love them. Much love to your family. ♥️

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