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Hackensack Hospital Receives 'Cuddle Cot'

Pictured from left to right: (back) Jessica Barrett, Robert B. Budelman, and Melissa Barry, founder (front) Kim Cerretta, Pompton, Donna A. Sanzari,
Pictured from left to right: (back) Jessica Barrett, Robert B. Budelman, and Melissa Barry, founder (front) Kim Cerretta, Pompton, Donna A. Sanzari, Photo Credit: Sheri Hensley

HACKENSACK, N.J. -- The Forget Me Not Foundation recently presented the Donna A. Sanzari Children’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 the deceased.

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 was presented to team members of the Labor & Delivery Unit on Jan. 28.

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 Barry said. “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."

The Forget Me Not Foundation was established in memory of Emma Grace Barry, born still on Aug. 11, 2009.

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.

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