A new pram and bassinet donated to the Central Gippsland Health Service will help newborns adjust to the environment outside the hospital nursery.
Mother of four and owner of Mummy Daddy & Me in Sale, Sam Trew, stepped into help when staff from the CGHS Women and Children’s Ward came into her shop to purchase a pram-bassinet.
“Staff were after a combined pram and bassinet to help in settling newborns, especially neonates,” Sam said. “These tiny babies are often unsettled and being pushed or rocked in a pram often works a treat.”
Sam had her four children at Sale Hospital and felt the least she could do was donate a new pram-bassinet. So she contacted UPPAbaby, the manufacturer of the “Combo”, to explain what the hospital needed; even though Sam was more than happy to cover the cost and donate the pram, UPPAbaby immediately came on board and donated the item instead.
The “Combo” comprises a bassinet which connects to the pram for newborn babies and a toddler seat for older babies and children.
Alan Gorley from UPPAbaby joined Sam at the hospital this week to present the new pram and bassinet which were also fitted out with custom made sheets.
According to Nurse Unit Manager in the ward, Kim Costin, the pram is also ideal for mums who have a new baby or a toddler.
“They can take their children outside for a stroll, helping to make it easier once they get home,” she said. “It can also be used by our staff to settle a baby who maybe upset.
“We’re really grateful for something that will be invaluable in our unit.”