Choir raises cash to help special care baby unit
PREMATURE babies will now get more time out of their incubators and longer cuddles with mum thanks to the efforts of a choir.
Bridgend-based Maternal Harmony – which includes members whose babies were born early – used their annual summer concert to raise funds for the Princess of Wales Hospital’s special care baby unit (SCBU).
The concert raised £750, which will be spent on a reclining chair.
Choir member Joanne Braddock suggested the choir raised money for SCBU as she had personal experience of the excellent care the unit provides for babies, new parents and their families.
She said: “My daughter Ella was born 11 weeks early and during our time on SCBU, I got to witness the day-today running of the unit.
“I got to see different scans of Ella’s heart and brain and different procedures carried out using amazing technology. What I remember the most is the fantastic work of all the staff involved, from the paediatric consultants, the ward sisters, staff nurses, nursery nurses and even the secretary.
“Every single one of them work day and night to save and protect the lives of the most precious little human beings.”
The choir was originally set up by the Perinatal Response and Management Service at Princess of Wales Hospital and was aimed at women with postnatal depression.
Now the choir wel- comes those with other mental health issues, their family members or anyone who would just like to support the cause. Special care nurses Tanya Johnson and Rhian Nolan received the cheque on behalf of the unit during a choir rehearsal.
Rhian said: “Maternal Harmony wants the money to be spent on something to benefit mums while they are on the unit and we have a number of things we are looking to purchase.
“One of the items is a comfortable reclining chair so that the mums can be relaxed while having skin-to-skin cud- dles with their babies.
“This allows babies to be out of their incubators for longer, which has mood-boosting benefits for mum and is excellent for brain growth in babies.”
The Bridgend-based Maternal Harmony choir raised £750 for a new reclining chair in the Princess of Wales Hospital’s special care baby unit