Choir raises cash to help special care baby unit

Glamorgan Gazette - - News -

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

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