Cool bags to give early ba­bies best pos­si­ble start

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Family Announcements -

Pre­ma­ture ba­bies be­ing looked af­ter at the Wil­liam Har­vey Hos­pi­tal will ben­e­fit from new cool bags that keep their moth­ers’ milk chilled.

The bags, do­nated by East Kent Hos­pi­tals Char­ity, make it eas­ier to trans­port ex­pressed milk to the Neonatal In­ten­sive Care Unit, which caters for pre­ma­ture ba­bies from 24 weeks of preg­nancy.

Sis­ter Norma Weaver said: “We are re­ally grate­ful when char­i­ta­ble funds are given to the units, as this en­ables us to do things like buy­ing the cool bags to make things a lit­tle eas­ier for our new mums and their ba­bies – who are of­ten pre­ma­ture.

“We hope the cool bags will make it pos­si­ble for mums to bring ex­pressed milk to their ba­bies, giv­ing their lit­tle ones the very best start in life.”

Ms Weaver pre­sented one of the first cool bags to new mother of twins Sue Humm.

Cool bags have also been given to the Spe­cial Care Baby Unit at the Queen El­iz­a­beth the Queen Mother Hos­pi­tal in Mar­gate, which cares for ba­bies born af­ter 28 weeks.

It is es­ti­mated that about 300 fam­i­lies a year are ex­pected to ben­e­fit from the cool bags at the two units.

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