Forrest General Hospital receives Caring Cradle donation from Junior Auxiliary of Hattiesburg - Forrest Health
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    Published on June 19, 2018

    Forrest General Hospital receives Caring Cradle donation from Junior Auxiliary of Hattiesburg  

    Forrest General Hospital has received a Caring Cradle from Junior Auxiliary of Hattiesburg. The Caring Cradle is a device that allows a dignified means for parents and families to spend more time with a baby who has passed.

    “Each year the Junior Auxiliary’s Provisional class is asked research and complete a new project that will benefit the community. The 19 women in the most recent class agreed to raise funds to purchase a Caring Cradle for local health systems. The entire chapter and local community members quickly got behind the project donating funds to ensure the item would be purchased. Our hope is that the Caring Cradle can help to provide some level comfort and peace to families during a time of loss,” said Julie Russum, president, Junior Auxiliary of Hattiesburg. 

    This support tool is for any family who has experienced a fetal loss and needs to be kept in a controlled environment. The Caring Cradle will allow families an appropriate atmosphere and more time to say goodbye to their baby.  

    “We are thankful to the kind-hearted women of JA for this thoughtful donation. Losing a child is heartbreaking for families. Having extra time to say goodbye can truly be a blessing after such a loss,” said Tangela Boutwell, director, Women and Children’s Services. 

    CAPTION: Left to right: Sarah Myers; Kerri Clark, RN; Katherine Thacker, tech; Ashely Castleman; Kim Davis, MSN, patient care manager, Labor and Delivery and Postpartum; Serena Smith; Leigh Ann Leonard, BSN, patient care manager NICU and PEDS; Hannah Hall, RN; Kevin Gregory, RN; Bethany Lee, RN; Vanessa Butts; Shannon Sims; Kayla Farris; Mary Lois Brady; Kim Wingo; Joy Yates; Julie Russum; Tangela Boutwell, RN, director of Women and Children’s Services.

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