Mother's Day fundraiser will support families using neonatal unit at Cork University Maternity Hospital 

As one in 10 of all babies born in CUMH require admission to the neonatal unit, NIAMH CREMIN tells us about a special fundraiser to support their families
Mother's Day fundraiser will support families using neonatal unit at Cork University Maternity Hospital 
Sarah O’Keeffe of Ballyvolane, Cork, with her baby son Aaron Cotter pictured at the Neonatal Unit at CUMH (Cork University Maternity Hospital). Picture: Pictures Gerard McCarthy

A MOTHER’S Day fundraising lunch aimed at supporting families and babies during a difficult time takes place on Sunday, March 22.

This special event, at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Little Island, Cork, will raise funds to provide a unique Neonatal Family Sanctum for mothers, babies and families at Cork University Maternity Hospital.

The Mother’s Day event promises to be a warm, fun event which celebrates women, motherhood and their pivotal role in all our lives.

The organisers are urging Cork people to come out in their numbers and make this a meaningful and memorable day.

The new Neonatal Family Sanctum will facilitate the best possible compassionate, holistic and supportive care for families and their babies during difficult times.

Just under 8,000 women delivered babies in the CUMH in 2019. Approximately 1 in 10 of all babies born in CUMH will require admission to the specialised Neonatal Unit.

The hospital’s Neonatal Unit (NNU) is a tertiary referral centre and is one of the busiest units in the country.

Sarah O’Keeffe of Ballyvolane, Cork, with her baby son Aaron Cotter pictured with Dr. Brendan Murphy (Consultant Neonatologist) and Margaret O’Driscoll (Clinical Midwife Manager 2) at the Neonatal Unit at CUMH (Cork University Maternity Hospital). Pictures Gerard McCarthy
Sarah O’Keeffe of Ballyvolane, Cork, with her baby son Aaron Cotter pictured with Dr. Brendan Murphy (Consultant Neonatologist) and Margaret O’Driscoll (Clinical Midwife Manager 2) at the Neonatal Unit at CUMH (Cork University Maternity Hospital). Pictures Gerard McCarthy

Babies are admitted to the neonatal unit for a number of reasons including — Prematurity, Breathing Problems, Neonatal Jaundice and Feeding Issues to mention but a few. This can be a very distressing time for parents, for example when babies are born very early, and their needs are very complex.

This is when clinical and technical care needs to be surpassed by compassionate, holistic and supportive care.

The Neonatal Unit wishes to build a multifaceted family sanctum to care for mothers, babies and their families. This will include two key areas; a Neonatal Sanctum and a Parent’s Room located nearby.

Professor John R. Higgins, Clinical Director, Ireland South Women & Infants Directorate, who will address the attendees on the day said: “Being able to step outside in a quiet dignified space, away from a clinical critical environment, is so important for families. Sharing a small glimpse of nature with an ill or dying baby and seeing the blue sky in a place of quiet solace can be a great comfort during stressful times.

“The Parent’s Room in a separate private area nearby, will also provide a much-needed oasis of calm and support.

“Building these important places clearly demonstrates that care of new-borns and their families is at the very core of the service provided by Cork University Maternity Hospital.

“We welcome support from the people of Cork to help bring this project to fruition.”

Proceedings at the fundraising lunch will be overseen by the TV presenter and reporter Sinead Kennedy, partnering with auctioneer Andy Moore to create a fun experience for all those in attendance.

With a prosecco reception, three-course lunch, a Mother’s Gift, and an opportunity to bid or buy tickets for amazing prizes (flights to Paris, tickets to Live at The Marquee, luxury hotel breaks and other surprises).

Tickets €65, plus booking fee, available from Eventbrite.ie. Or email mary@hopkinscommunications.ie.

For more information visit www.cuhcharity.ie.

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