Cool bags to give early babies best possible start
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.