Richard Ray

New Mothers at Roseland Hospital Receive Gift Box of Clothes

A new mom is still recovering after delivering her third child Saturday morning. The outift the newborn baby boy is wearing came courtesy of his newborn nurse Darlene Rogers.

"Yes it's nice cause a lot of the hospitals don't do that," new mom Jasmine Abston said.

For the past six months, all mothers who give birth here at the new Roseland Community Hospital are given a gift box of clothing.

"Yeah I was surprised," Adeogun Latifat, also a new mother, said. "And they are so lovely."

No one really knew Darlene Rogers was doing this until:

"I was covering the unit one morning and noticed the display here," said Dr. Rita McGuire. "And found out it was Darlene Rogers."

This longtime nurse remembers the mother who inspired her:

"She just didn't have anything to take her baby home and she didn't know where she was going when she left here," Rogers said.

At first Rogers was buying the clothing herself but when other staff members heard about what she was doing and saw the extra effort she took to package the gifts. Donations started coming in.

"We work in a at-risk community here in Roseland and so many of our patients have limited resources," Rogers said. "We take pride in going beyond the call of duty in meeting the needs of our moms."

Each gift box includes two one-sees, a pair of socks and a washcloth. They also give them snowsuits.

"The patients appreciated it and liked it, and their smiles just kind of lit up the room so I thought it was worthwhile to continue doing it," Rogers said.

Donations are being accepted for the new mom gift boxes. If you would like to donate, contact:

Donella Bradford

Department of External Affairs

Roseland Hospital

(773) 995-3000 ext. 1686

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