Variety Grant used to purchase NICU Equipment at Mary Greeley Medical Center
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Wednesday, April 12, 2023
As a first-time mother-to-be, Christy leaned on her sister when she experienced something during her pregnancy that seemed to be out of the ordinary. That is why she was the first call Christy made when she suspected her water may have broken a full seven weeks ahead of her due date.
“My sister told me she had experienced something similar to what I was going through and suggested we go to the hospital,” Christy says. “I called First Nurse to see what they thought, and they also urged us to go to the hospital.”
With her fiancé Brandon at her side, Christy learned in the Emergency Department at Mary Greeley that her water had, indeed, broken and she would need to have an emergency Cesarean section to deliver her twins.
“It all happened pretty quickly,” Brandon says. “We got the test results back at around 8:30 at night and at 11:01 the same night we had our twins.”
The babies—a boy named Daniel and a girl named Elinor—required neonatal intensive care services because they were born so prematurely. On the Birthways unit, NICU care is delivered in the room with the mother.
Christy and Brandon appreciated that the babies were able to remain the room with them as Christy recovered. The family was cared for in one of the specially designed twin suites on the Birthways unit, providing a little extra room for the advanced equipment required to care for the newborns.
One of the pieces of equipment Daniel and Elinor benefitted from was the Giraffe Warmer. Purchased with a grant from Variety – the Children’s Charity, the equipment is designed specifically for NICU use and helps provide a nurturing, life-sustaining environment that fosters growth by offering a warm and comfortable space for infants with easy access for care givers. The unit is mobile, so it can be wheeled into the room with mothers throughout their infant’s NICU stay.
“It put us at ease to know that they were with us and that they were in a warm and comfortable place to stay and sleep,” Christy says. “We were there for everything. When they took vital signs, when the nurses checked on them, everything. We also had the opportunity to hold them when we wanted. That was nice.”
After being born seven weeks early, twins Daniel and Elinor, benefitted from the Giraffe Incubators (left) and Panda Warmers (right) at Mary Greeley Medical Center. The units provide a nurturing, life-sustaining environment that foster growth by offering a warm and comfortable space for infants in need of neonatal intensive care services.
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