Thanks to donors like you, over the last ten years Yarmouth Hospital Foundation has purchased almost than half a million dollars worth of equipment for the Women’s and Children’s Health Unit, the regional maternity site for Yarmouth, Digby and Shelburne counties. Much of the equipment is designed specifically to improve the birthing experience for mothers and their newborns, and this Christmas we are reaching out for community support to purchase four infant radiant warmers — a crucial piece of equipment for every single baby born in the Tri-Counties.
Dominique Lacroix, who lives in Brooklyn, gave birth to her beautiful daughters, Blake and Andi, at the Women’s and Children’s Health Unit in 2022 and 2023. Like all newborns, both girls spent time in radiant infant warmers as part of their immediate care as needed, including over Blake’s initial two-day stay in the unit.
Dominique only has lovely things to say about her experiences at Yarmouth Regional Hospital. “Both times I had a great labour and delivery,” she says. “The nurses were awesome and the doctors were super calm. They explain everything and were very kind.”
Immediately after birth, during their first critical hours of life, all newborns spend some time in a radiant infant warmer as they adjust to living and breathing on their own. They are also used for vulnerable infants who have returned to the hospital for care. The maternity ward has five radiant warmers but four of them are nearing end-of-life and urgently need replacing. Will you help us help the Women and Children’s Health Unit give children like little Blake and Andi Lacroix a ‘warm welcome’ to our community this Christmas?