Catherine Cares' Heartbeat Bears were designed with the help of Build-A-Bear Workshop. Our Heartbeat Bear has a pocket which contains a recording device. When a baby receives a prenatal or newborn life-threatening diagnosis, our hospital partners record the baby's heartbeat on the device, place the device in the pocket and present the bear to the family. Our Heartbeat Bears provide comfort to families when they do not know how long they will have with their precious babies. Heartbeat Bears help families through the grieving process and are cherished for years to come.
Our restaurant gift cards lessen the burden of having to plan meals and grocery shop when a family is devastated by an unexpected diagnosis. Our fuel cards help families get to the numerous doctor appointments a diagnosis requires. These additional appointments put a strain on families' budgets especially for families who live outside of the St Louis area yet they must travel to our incredible St Louis hospitals to receive care.
A diagnosis can make one feel isolated. Our Heartbeat Bears and gift cards let families know they are not alone during their journey.
Our Empowering Families service is a way for families to tell their stories of pregnancy and infancy loss, fertility struggles, and diagnoses scares in blog form on our website. Families- moms, dads, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins- who wish to tell their own stories in order to help others may do so through our website at http://www.catherinecares.org/empowering-families/.
Catherine Cares was started by Wayne and Lauren Turley in December 2014 after their second daughter, Catherine Marie, received a prenatal diagnosis of Trisomy-18. Catherine was born 7 weeks early on December 30, 2014, and lived for an hour. Catherine Cares is her legacy.