We’ve seen it again, and again. The overwhelming, indescribable love when parents hold their babies for the first time. And the shattering fear in their eyes when something goes wrong.
That’s why our doctors and nurses are relentless in giving healthy newborns the best start possible and in bringing vulnerable babies back from the edge.
Every year, St. Michael’s cares for roughly 600 sick, fragile babies. Many are born right here at our hospital. Some are transferred to us for specialized care from centres across Ontario.
That’s because we are home to globally renowned experts in the highly specialized fields of low-birth weight, cystic fibrosis, and maternal and neonatal substance abuse withdrawal. Mothers in our care suffer a range of medical conditions, such as traumas from car accidents, multiple sclerosis, HIV, bleeding diseases and kidney and cardiovascular failure.
We’ve had some unbelievable cases – women in comas who have a little person growing inside of them. Who is going to look after them? We are. — Dr. Douglas Campbell, director of St. Michael’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Here’s the challenge: Our commitment to delivering the highest quality care to babies and their families requires more space and better facilities.
We’re on it. We’ve launched a $10 million campaign to build a state-of-the-art maternity space with obstetrics and gynecology, neonatal intensive care and a recovery unit – all on a single floor. That means moms won’t be separated from their babies if either of them needs special care. And it means that if anything goes wrong during a normal delivery, moms and babies can be treated right where they are by world-class experts.
When it’s complete, our Mother & Baby Care Unit will have private, spacious rooms and a Transitional Care Unit outfitted with the most advanced equipment and the latest in infection control. It has been designed to keep families together because studies show that’s what produces the best health outcomes.
We’re not just creating a nice space. We are fundamentally changing the way babies are cared for. — Dr. Douglas Campbell
This is about providing the right care, in the right space, at the right time. Everyone will benefit, including our most disadvantaged patients.
Donate online today, or contact Erin Baier for more information.
Erin Baier, Director, Philanthropy – Research | BaierE@smh.ca