Bairnsdale Regional Health Service (BRHS) is raising money to purchase an important piece of equipment to help newborn babies in the Emergency Department.
The Bake for Babies campaign, which was organised by the Newborn Intensive Care Foundation, aims to raise $32,000 to purchase a Giraffe Warmer Infant Resuscitaire, which provides emergency resuscitation therapy for babies born facing a fight for life.
Earlier this month BRHS staff hosted their own fundraising bake sales and morning teas at BRHS, raising hundreds of dollars toward the Resuscitaire.
Staff, including BRHS’ Nursing and Midwifery Education and Development Manager Liz Barlow, whipped up a cornucopia of tasty treats in their kitchens at home and brought them in for appreciative workmates.
The first 10 minutes of a newborn resuscitation is critical, but at the moment the Emergency Department does not have a permanent Resuscitaire of its own, with Bairnsdale Regional Health Service (BRHS) having to share a small number of Resuscitaires with both the Theatre and Maternity Ward.
“We are seeing more paediatric presentations to the ED these days,” said Emergency Department Nurse Unit Manager Trish Young. “Time is so important when you’re dealing with newborns. Babies become hypothermic, acidotic, hypoglycaemic and hypoxic very quickly without appropriate timely care, and so having a Resuscitaire on hand in the ED is crucial.”
The community has also started pitching in to the campaign, with more than $500 in donations being received so far.
BRHS is hoping that more community members will throw their support behind the campaign by organising Bake for Babies fundraisers in their workplace, sporting group or even just with their neighbours.
The idea behind Bake for Babies is simple.
Bake something, and get your friends, workmates, neighbours or family members to chip in a donation for the treat.
Perhaps you make some mean muffins or scones that your friends would be willing to buy for a couple of bucks for a good cause?
Bake for Babies runs through July and August.
All bakers donating more than $2 will receive a tax deductible receipt, and 100% of all money raised will go to purchasing the Resuscitaire. Any additional funds raised will fund other medical equipment, education and research to help babies fighting for life.
There’s information and ideas to help you do something fun for Bake for Babies at newborn.org.au/bakeforbabies/
You can also donate directly by visiting newborn.org.au/regional-locations/central-gippsland-chapter/