A spe­cial tree

Com­mu­nity ini­tia­tive aims to help moms and their ba­bies.

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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.

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