Nurse Helps Those Who Lost Infants
A nurse at Overlook Medical Center recently helped present parents who deliver stillborn babies with something she wished she had when she delivered her own—more time.
Christine Casadonte, RN, who has worked in the hospital’s emergency department since 2010, presented her colleagues in Overlook’s labor and delivery department with a Cuddle Cot, a cooling device that allows parents of stillborn or deceased infants to spend time with their babies.
The device was purchased with funds raised by Pockets of Light, a nonprofit bereavement support service based in Montclair, where Casadonte volunteers as a peer facilitator for pregnancy and infant loss support groups.
In 2013, Casadonte and her husband Jon found out they were expecting their first child, a baby girl, due to arrive in May 2014. After an uncomplicated and healthy pregnancy, the couple were devastated to learn…