Thanks to North Surrey Knights of Columbus' generous donation, moms at Langley Memorial maternity can now benefit from two specialized breastfeeding chairs.
Members of the North Surrey Knights of Columbus (#4767) were on hand last week to present a cheque for $3,200, which was used to purchase two breastfeeding chairs. These specialized chairs have features that support a nursing mother’s back and arms, so that they may hold their baby comfortably while nursing, while also offering features such as recline options and leg support.
"These unique chairs are one of the things we use to create a more positive, supportive feeding environment for moms and babies,’ says Dacia Howard Jovanovic, manager, clinical operations, Langley Memorial Hospital maternity. ‘This ergonomic equipment is important as moms and newborns build their bond during the feeding experience."
Located within the maternity unit, the special care nursery is a 6-bed unit providing Level 1 neonatal (newborn) care. This means care is provided for babies who are born as early as 35-week gestation who may require medication or extra observation or who need treatment for conditions such as jaundice.
Depending upon each baby’s specific needs, they may stay in the nursery for anywhere from a few hours up to several weeks if necessary. Families are an important part of the health care team and are encouraged to participate as much as possible in the care of their baby.
Charity is the first principle of the Knights of Columbus and we are so grateful for their meaningful gift," says Kate Ludlam, Donor Relations, Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation. "These nursing chairs were a priority for the maternity unit. Their donation to the foundation helps the hospital ensure mom and baby get the best possible care and support. This is a wonderful example of our donors are making a real difference to patient care at our hospital."