On the 16th of January, 2019, the members of the Jay Foundation had a talk with expectant mothers during their antenatal visit and donated food items which included Diary products (milk, yogurt, eggs); Greens (Nkontomire and Abedro); Legumes (rice and beans) and Fruits (Apples and Bananas) to over 100 expectant mothers.
The talk was centred on the following topics:
- Healthy Living
- Healthy Diet/Eating well (Food items donated are included in the list of items pregnant mothers are to consume)
- Healthy Physical Activity
- Good rest and less stress
- Taking of vitamins and prescribed medications
- No Smoking
- No Drinking
Emphasis on what prematurity is, it’s complications and what mothers should do to help these tiny babies survive.
- Motivation and Encouragement
After the talk, the food items were distributed to all the mothers. They were excited and asked a number of questions. The midwives and nurses were very receptive and helped with the whole exercise.
We also visited the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and interacted with the doctor and head nurse on duty. We raised a few concerns and got some more insight into how the place is run on a daily basis. We also took note of babies sharing cots due to limited space, fewer cots and photo lights. This can increase the rate of infections and most premature babies don’t survive because of infections.
We finally visited the Kangaroo Mother Care Unit, interacted with the mothers and donated some more food items and baby clothes to them.
Aside the oxygen and medication, what Preterm babies need to survive is breast milk. Mothers are encouraged to eat very well to get enough breast milk for their babies.
Our main goal is to acquire the KMC Unit of the Tema General Hospital.
List of immediate items needed are Pulse Oximeters, Air-conditions, Firefly, Neonate Weighing scales, thermometers, suction machines, Kelvinators, Paediatric Stethoscopes, Mobile SPO2 Monitors, Premature baby clothes, wipes and diapers, tape measures and more.
Kindly support us if you can to enable us acquire the items above and help save a baby’s life today.