This nurse made her first ‘preemie’ her flower girl at her wedding!
When Emily Rosimo was handed responsibility to care for a prematurely (a.k.a “preemie”) born August Giotta in February 2015, she knew it would be the sort of relationship lasting a lifetime.
Rosimo, at the time a new nurse at the neonatal intensive care unit of Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, Oregon, told Yahoo she decided to become one of the primary caregivers for
‘Augie’ as a way to give the parents and the newborn consistent updates and care.
“I knew just as soon as I met the family that they were something special,” she tells Yahoo.
While Rosimo was one of four nurses acting as Augie’s primary caregivers, Genevieve Giotta says she felt ‘a special connection’ to Rosimo the most.
“I got to know Emily because the NICU at night is this kind of magical, quiet place with all these babies that are growing,” Giotta said.
Giotta added that having a positive experience with the NICU because of Rosimo being around changed her experience about being kept in a hospital and the unfortunate experience that brought Augie and her twin sister, who did not survive the emergency C-section they had to have, into the world.
“You don’t know when your baby is coming home, and you don’t get to stay there every night in the hospital with your child. So you rely on the nurses, and to have someone as special as [Emily] where you can feel truly comfortable and say, ‘Oh my goodness, it’s as if I was there, because I know this person’s heart is in it with my child,’” Giotta said.
Even when the Giottas were cleared to go, Genevieve made it clear she wanted to keep in touch.
“Jennie and I pretty much talk every day,” Rosimo said. “She forever has called [Augie] ‘our’ baby. She refers to me as her NICU mama. They have made me basically a part of their family, which has just been incredible for me.”
So to everyone’s delight, when Rosimo got married in September, she wanted Augie along for the ride too.
“Augie was thrilled to do it,” says her mom. “It was this opportunity to be the center of attention.”
Genevieve was also the bridesmaid, and upon posting her story on Reddit, the heart-warming tale quickly went viral.
While the Giottas have now moved to California from Oregon, Rosimo says their bond remains as strong as ever.
She said she decided to share their story to give people a glimpse at how rewarding it can be to a NICU nurse.
“I feel like people don’t necessarily understand what NICU nurses do, and how challenging it can be, and how rewarding it can be. It was not the best circumstances to be brought together and to become friends through, but it is what it is. We consider it our magic little story.”