7 July 2020

Supporting mums and babies

Thank you – You have helped us raise money to enhance care for mums and babies who require extra hospital care at Princess Anne Hospital.

Your support has provided equipment for new mums on the Burley and Lyndhurst postnatal wards, many of whom would otherwise have been separated from their babies in the neonatal unit. With your support, we have funded:

  • An industrial microwave to sterilise expressing kits.
  • A milk warmer to ensure that babies needing additional feeding support on Transitional Care or the postnatal wards can have their milk warmed to safe temperatures.

Launched earlier this year, the aim of the new Transitional Care Unit is to keep mothers and vulnerable babies together with medical observation, therefore preventing admission to the Neonatal Unit.

Mothers who are expressing breast milk would need to go down two floors to the Neonatal Unit every time they wish to sterilise their expressing kit. They were often in the early postnatal period, they were tired, sore and worried about their poorly baby.

Needing to leave their little ones can added unnecessary stress and anxiety.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Southampton Hospitals Charity

With the coronavirus pandemic, breastmilk is even more important for babies as it is likely to provide one of the babies first defences against infections. The reduction of unnecessary travel between wards is also crucial at this time.

Thank you to everyone who has supported this project, especially The Lahna Appeal, for their contribution.

Last updated: 07/07/2020

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