Grateful family donate Kangaroo chairs to NICU

14 Feb 2017

Westmead Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is now the proud owner of three reclining Kangaroo chairs, thanks to a generous donation by a grateful family and the Miracle Babies Foundation.

The chairs, valued at $5000, provide a safe seat for a parent to cuddle and comfort their premature baby using skin-to-skin techniques, promoting bonding and improving the mother’s milk supply, while the baby continues to receive the required continuous hospital monitoring and support for breathing.

Westmead Hospital NICU Head of Department Dr Melissa Luig said the NICU was grateful to have the chairs, to promote breastfeeding in the NICU and the best developmental outcomes for these vulnerable babies.

“Westmead Hospital welcomes about 5500 babies each year and about 1500 of these newborns require assistance with breathing and feeding so they spend time in our NICU,” she said.

“We appreciate the support and generosity from our families, who are grateful for the care provided by the whole of our hard-working team.”

Westmead Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is now the proud owner of three reclining Kangaroo chairs, thanks to a generous donation by a grateful family and the Miracle Babies Foundation. The chairs, valued at $5000, provide a safe seat for a parent to cuddle and comfort their premature baby using skin-to-skin techniques, promoting bonding and improving the mother’s milk supply, while the baby continues to receive the required continuous hospital monitoring and support for breathing.

Northmead mother Rachel Taufer was grateful for the life-saving treatment her daughter Estelle received in Westmead’s NICU and could not think of a better way to celebrate than to give back to the hospital. Through enormous fund raising efforts of the Taufer family and the Miracle Babies Foundation, this furniture will be used every day by parents in the NICU for years to come to improve their hospital journey.

Estelle was born at 26 weeks and Rachel said it was “touch and go” in her first few weeks.

“It’s amazing to see where she is now – we are fast approaching Estelle’s first birthday and she is so full of life,” Rachel said. 

“We are so grateful to be celebrating this milestone and could not think of a better way to mark the occasion than to give back to a place that we will forever hold in our hearts.

“Our daughter is living proof of the benefits of kangaroo care in preterm babies; it is such a vital part of the healing process for babies and their parents on their NICU journey.”

“Our family is overjoyed to facilitate a lot more cuddles for the families of the Westmead NICU.”

For more information about Women’s & Newborn Health at Westmead Hospital, visit: http://www.wslhd.health.nsw.gov.au/WNH/Clinics---services/Neonatal-Intensive-Care-Unit