Babies exposed to drugs in utero require special care, especially in their first few weeks of life. Among their many needs, these babies require constant motion. To provide this extra care, nurses and other staff in the Swedish Covenant Hospital Family Birthing Center often needed to take turns holding and comforting the babies. Thanks to a generous donation by the Edgebrook Women’s Club, Swedish Covenant Hospital was able to purchase a rockaRoo infant seat that provides a gliding motion to help soothe babies.
Edgebrook Women’s Club is a neighborhood advocacy, social, and philanthropic organization whose philanthropic mission is to care for women and children in the community. The 120 members ranging in age from 27 to 93 contribute financially, as well as time and talent to support a number of philanthropic initiatives in the community.
In addition to the rockaRoo, members of Edgebrook Women’s Club have contributed hand knit items, including hats, booties and other items through their “Soft Touch” campaign. This campaign was designed to help meet the needs of newborns, women and families who are patients of Swedish Covenant Hospitals’ Family Birthing Center and nursery. The campaign began in June 2016.
“We really appreciate what Edgebrook Women’s Club does for Swedish Covenant Hospital,” said Maria BaMaung, MBA, BSN, RN, director of nursing for the Family Birthing Center. “They have been so supportive of the needs of our patients.”
According to Maria, the nurses enjoy picking out a special item or two for the 2,200 babies born each year in the Family Birthing Center. Each baby is given a hand-knit item to take home with them. These items provide warmth, comfort and security to newborns adjusting to the world around them. In addition, they have collected receiving blankets to provide to the unit.
“We chose to partner with Swedish Covenant Hospital because we realize that it has a significant presence in our community,” said Judy Heyworth, president of Edgebrook Women’s Club. “Their building of the Mayora Rosenberg Women’s Health Center demonstrates that they align with our mission to care for women, children and families.”