Please help us with our quest to provide 20 specialist chairs for the nnu! The benefits of kangaroo care and the opportunity for parents to bond with their baby via skin-to-skin care are well documented and help with the development of premature and poorly babies.
NNU staff have just held their Baby Friendly Steering group meeting, and discussed our parent audit results. These indicate that St George's scores well on supporting parents, and supporting breastfeeding, but the consistent feedback is that there are simply not enough of the comfortable chairs . These chairs are easily mobile (a big plus with staff) and fully reclinable, so parents can hold their babies in skin to skin for a prolonged period without becoming uncomfortable. Parents can and do also use them to have a well deserved little snooze next to their babies!
The neonatal unit needs:
1 chair for every ITU nursery ( 4 in total)
6 chairs for HDU 1
4 chairs for HDU 2
1 chair for every cotspace in special care (14 in total)
2 chairs for the rooming in spaces on special care
First Touch supporters have already enabled us to buy 10 chairs, so the nnu needs an additional 20 chairs.
The chairs cost £1440 each if bought as a bulk order of 20. We'll get a variety of colours.
Feedback from professionals at St George's nnu:
'The chairs are great and I see parents using them all the time. More of these chairs woud be a very good addition' - Dr Sijo Francis, Consultant Neonatologist
'Having seen so much successful kangaroo care in Vietnam, I am convinced of its benefits' - Dr Sandy Calvert, Consultant Neonatalogist
'It will be beneficial to mothers, fathers and babies to have a comfy place to rest and bond.' - Sister Mary Goggin, neonatal unit