A Derry mum is urging local people to get behind a new charity which helps provide specially adapted baby-gros designed to make life a little easier for babies who require special care when they are born.
Laura Brown said she stumbled on the website for Pop N Grow last year after the birth of own daughter Erin, ten months ago. She was immediately intrigued by the concept of adapting babygros to accommodate medical wiring, tubes and needles.
“I felt so blessed to have a healthy daughter myself - I can’t imagine what it must be like to have to care for a sick child.”
Our ultimate aim is to supply every hospital Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and special care baby unit (SCBU) in the UK with these baby gros free of charge, it is only early days and initially 35 hospitals will be receiving a stock of the baby gros, Altnagelvin Hospital is among the initial 35 and I have volunteered to be the local representative.
“We have already made our first delivery of 10 babygros - five for premature babies and five for newborns - Altnagelvin and will continue to deliver more gros.”
These special babygros have four poppers running down each sleeve (top side so not to rub against little arms) and ribbing (elasticity material) so it has stretch, this is on both sleeves to allow either arms to be used for drips , wires etc, they also have special ‘mitten feet’ that can be easily opened without have to remove the baby’s leg from the gro, allowing tests (blood glucose , oxygen monitoring , measurements , heel prick etc) to be carried out with little disturbance to the babies, it also reduces the amount of time it takes the neonatal staff to carry out these tests/treatments as they do not have to remove the baby’s clothing.
The cost of supplying a year’s worth of gros is just £100 per hospital.
But as well as supporting Altnagelvin, Laura and all at Pop N Grow want to provide babygros to all hospitals in Northern Ireland.
To this end Laura is in the process of organising a number of fundraising events - details of which will emerge in the coming weeks.
To find out more about Pop N Grow and local fundraising visit www.popngrow.co.uk or find them on Facebook.