HackensackUMC Receives Donation of Cuddle Cot to Help Parents Experiencing Newborn Loss

March 4, 2016 11:53 AM
The Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital recently received a “Cuddle Cot” from The Forget Me Not Foundation to help families who suffer the loss of a newborn be able to spend more time with their angels.

The Forget Me Not Foundation recently presented the Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital at HackensackUMC with a donation of a “Cuddle Cot” to the Labor & Delivery Unit.   A Cuddle Cot is a piece of medical equipment that acts like a refrigerated bassinet, which will give families who suffer the loss of a newborn more time to spend with their angels.   This cooling system allows for babies who have passed away to stay with their families instead of being cooled in a mortuary environment. A Cuddle Cot gives families the choice of spending as much time as they would like with their baby without being fearful of the need to cool the baby in a traditional mortuary to prevent decomposition.

“The Cuddle Cot gives more time for parents to spend with their baby when time is very limited,” said Kim Cerretta, of Pompton Plains, New Jersey.  “I lost my daughter Mia Angelina at 38 weeks plus five days due to an umbilical cord accident.  I wish we would have had the use of a Cuddle Cot so that we could have spent more time with our daughter before we had to say goodbye.”

The Cuddle Cot was presented to team members of the Labor & Delivery Unit on January 28 - what would have been Mia Angelina’s fourth birthday.  Melissa Barry, founder of the Forget Me Not Foundation, says the Cuddle Cot gives families the gift of time.

“I think it will be nice for the families so that they don’t feel rushed,” said Melissa Barry.  “Sometimes when parents start to see the baby decomposing, they feel like it is time to say goodbye, and this will offer them more hours to spend with the baby in order to come to grips with their loss.  We spent so little time with our baby and that is one of our biggest regrets.  A Cuddle Cot would have encouraged us to spend more time with her.  I know it will mean the world to a lot of families who find themselves in this situation.”

“We are finding that parents are wanting to keep the baby in the room longer with them and are embracing the experience they have to spend time with the baby,” said Taryn Panetta, RN, nurse manager, Labor & Delivery, Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital at HackensackUMC.  “The Cuddle Cot is a nice resource to be able to present to parents to help preserve the baby a little longer.”

The Forget Me Not Foundation was established in memory of Emma Grace Barry, born still on August 11, 2009. Emma was lost due to a nuchal cord accident at 35+5 weeks. Founders Dave and Melissa Barry are determined to celebrate Emma's life by helping families suffering through the death of a baby.  The Forget Me Not Foundation is dedicated to supporting families who have lost babies during pregnancy, birth, or shortly after birth and educating the medical community about the emotional needs of such families.  The funds raised by the foundation support educational programs for the medical community and provide supportive materials to families affected by pregnancy or newborn loss.


Pictured from left to right:  (back) Jessica Barrett, campaign coordinator, HackensackUMC Foundation; Robert B. Budelman, III, executive director, Individual Giving, HackensackUMC Foundation; and Melissa Barry, founder, Forget Me Not Foundation; (front) Kim Cerretta, Pompton Plains, New Jersey and Taryn Panetta, RN, nurse manager, Labor & Delivery, Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital at HackensackUMC. 

About Hackensack University Medical Center

HackensackUMC, a 775- bed nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, NJ, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. Founded in 1888 as the county’s first hospital, it is the flagship hospital of Hackensack University Health Network, one of the largest health networks in the state comprised of 1,717 beds, more than 10,000 team members and 3,300 credentialed physicians. HackensackUMC was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015-16 Best Hospital rankings - maintaining its place atop the NJ rankings since the rating system was introduced. It was also named one of the top four New York Metro Area hospitals. HackensackUMC is the only hospital in New Jersey, New York and New England to be named one of Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals™ nine consecutive years, and receive the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ 13 years in a row. The medical center is one of the top 25 green hospitals in the country according to Practice Greenhealth, and received 24 Gold Seals of Approval by The Joint Commission – more than any other hospital in the country. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence; receiving its fifth consecutive designation in 2014. HackensackUMC has created an entire campus of award-winning care, including: the John Theurer Cancer Center; the Heart & Vascular Hospital; and the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, which houses the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital and Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital, which was designed with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center and listed on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. HackensackUMC is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls and is Official Medical Services Provider to The Barclays PGA Golf Tournament. It remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more, visit: www.HackensackUMC.org.     







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