A special tree
Community initiative aims to help moms and their babies.
The 21st annual Tree for Tots campaign will support the obstetrics unit at the Central Regional Health Centre, helping expectant moms and their babies.
The South and Central Health Foundation (SCHF) is proud to be the benefactor of the Advertiser’s annual Tree for Tots charity.
“The special project that we chose is a small piece of equipment with a big job (purpose),” said Wendy Houlihan, SCHF development officer. “Funds from the sale of bulbs this year will benefit moms-to-be and their babies. We hope with Advertiser readers’ support, we can purchase several fetal heart Dopplers for the Women and Children’s Health Unit at the CNRHC.”
A fetal Doppler is a handheld device that listens to an unborn baby’s heartbeat.
According to the nursing staff, the number one priority in obstetrical care is ensuring the wellbeing of mother and baby.
While a mother’s wellbeing can be assessed directly by talking to her and monitoring her vital signs, a baby’s wellbeing is determined indirectly by listening to the heart rate.
Using a fetal heart Doppler, nurses can tell if the baby’s heartbeat is too high or too low. Both of those signs tell different things about the health of the baby, according to nursing staff.
The results determine whether the mother goes on an electronic fetal heart monitor. According to healthcare professionals, the Doppler is less invasive.
The Doppler is also useful in labour. By listening to the fetal heart rate during labour, nurses and physician can tell if the baby is tolerating the birthing process.
Having several dopplers on the unit can be beneficial when there are multiple women in labour at the same time.
When choosing a Tree for Tots project each year, the SCHF looks for a piece of equipment that will have the most impact upon children in the region, said Houlihan.
“We feel this is a worthwhile project and we hope your readers do too,” she said. ‘The support and commitment from the Advertiser and its readers means a lot to our charity. We have used your gifts with great care and thought in the past and we will continue to do so in the future.”
Obstetrics nurse Kelsey Philpott uses a fetal Doppler on an expectant mom at the Central Regional Newfoundland Health Center.