Photo Caption: left to right: Daniel Patrick Stauss poses with his new blanket and hat
with his father and mother, Ryan and Melissa Stauss, and Susanne Lachenauer,
his Christmas birthday buddy.
December 27, 2017 (Denville, NJ) -- Saint Clare’s Health welcomed Daniel Patrick Stauss to the world
at 1:53 a.m. on December 25. The son of Melissa and Ryan Stauss of Wantage,
Daniel was the first “Christmas baby” born at Saint Clare’s
Denville Hospital’s Katena Center for Mother & Child in 2017!
Little did he and his parents know that a special surprise gift was waiting
-- a beautiful hand-crocheted blanket and hat – made by self-proclaimed
“Christmas baby birthday buddy,” Susanne Lachenauer of Landing.
“When I was born as a Christmas baby, someone gave me a very special
handmade Christmas stocking, which I treasured for many years,”
said Ms. Lachenauer. “This year, I decided that I would carry on
the tradition. Since I like to crochet, I decided to craft my own special
gifts for the first Christmas baby at Saint Clare’s Denville Hospital,
my own community hospital.”
This holiday story became even more interesting with the discovery that
Susanne Lachenauer has an older sister with the same birthday as Daniel’s
Plus, there are even more coincidences, twists and turns that seemed to
put Daniel on track to cross paths with Ms. Lachenauer.
“We and some of our other family members had several dreams about
Daniel arriving on Christmas,” stated Mrs. Stauss. “I went
into labor around midnight. Everything happened fast.”
“We started off driving toward a different hospital but ended up
calling and meeting Jefferson Township Rescue Squad on the way. We were
grateful to arrive at Saint Clare’s Denville Hospital very quickly,”
added Mr. Stauss.
“The care at Saint Clare’s was superb. The nurses paid attention
to my specific needs. They were very helpful and personable. Care was
provided around-the-clock; I received the same quick response whether
I needed something at 3 a.m. or 9 a.m. In addition to supporting me with
the physical demands of labor and recovery, they supported me with the
mental aspects of giving birth. It was a huge transition for me and the
emotional support meant a lot. I also appreciated that Dr. (Andrei) Buna
stepped in. Even though I was not his regular patient he was very responsive
and fulfilled our personal requests for the delivery,” said Mrs. Stauss.
“We congratulate the Stauss family on Daniel’s arrival! We
were honored to have helped Ms. Lachenauer’s facilitate her special
tradition,” stated Brian Finestein, CEO of Saint Clare’s Health.