Advancing Healthcare for the people of North Shore, Rodney and Waitakere

Every year 330 of our most vulnerable babies need our special care.

That’s 330 babies who get the best start in life thanks to the Waitākere Hospital Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) and we need to expand to keep meeting the needs of these families and our community.

The current Waitākere SCBU has 12 cots and we need more due to our region’s fast growing population, the fastest growing DHB region in New Zealand. We want to expand the unit so that every special care baby and their mum has the opportunity to stay together during a time when they need each other most.

Babies like Celeste, who was born at 24 weeks weighing only 676g.

Two weeks earlier, Celeste’s mum and dad lost one of their twins, a boy, so to hear that their second twin may not survive was heart breaking.

“We were praying, please God, please let my baby live”

Xenia, Celeste’s Mum

Following an emergency caesarean, their little fighter was born and started life in the care of Auckland Hospital’s Newborn Intensive Care Unit. The first time Xenia got to see her baby’s face almost free of tubes and prongs was 6 weeks later.

Xenia and her baby were transferred to Waitākere Hospital SCBU, closer to home, where over the next 5 months, Celeste grew stronger and bigger. It wasn’t easy, but, after 157 days baby and mum went home.

We need to extend the unit from 12 cot spaces to 18, provide space and overnight beds for mums, partners and whānau, upgrade existing infrastructure and introduce a new baby monitoring system to help aide the new model of care that will be implemented in the unit.

Part of this new model of care is ensuring that mums, partners and whānau feel equipped and confident when they finally get to take their baby home. Some families, like Xenia and Celeste, will be in the unit for weeks if not months at a time. Our new whānau rooms will be a vital part of the new facility, allowing families to experience to care for their baby in an environment similar to home before being leaving the hospital.

We have received incredible support from the community for this project but still need to raise the final $399,000 to make the project a reality. If you can help our smallest, most vulnerable patients grow bigger and stronger in an environment that supports them and their family, please consider donating today.

100% of your donation will go directly to the project and bring this must needed facility to West Auckland.

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