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Pictured above (left to right): Paula Quinn, Head of Talent Development and Communications at Nuvia, Ruben and Elena Evans-Guillen, Andy Abernethy, Head of Marketing at Medicash, Evelyn Glarvey, Project Co-ordinator at MedEquip4Kids, and Sarah David, Fetal Surveillance Lead Midwife at Warrington General Hospital.

Last week we visited Warrington General Hospital to see the new mobile telemetry unit we provided for the birth centre. We were delighted that the hospital invited us along with a few of our donors who have contributed to the equipment. Sarah David, Fetal Surveillance Lead Midwife, told us how important it was during labour and birth that all the best equipment is on hand.

A mobile telemetry unit is a type of heart monitor which allows the baby’s heart to be monitored remotely during birth. Because it is wireless, it gives the mother more mobility during labour. This helps reduce the perception of pain, aids the natural processes of labour and birth, and helps the woman to feel more in control.

This is the second unit we have funded for the birth centre. The first one is in daily use and having a significant impact on neo-natal health. The feedback has been excellent, with mothers feeling the benefits of moving more freely than the NHS’s traditional wired machines. As it is waterproof, it can be used in the birthing pool. Having this equipment available for more women will contribute to better birth outcomes in the region.

We are so grateful to everyone who supported this work, in particular the VINCI Foundation via our sponsors at Nuvia, the Medicash Foundation, and our young fundraisers, 11-year-old twins Ruben and Elena Evans-Guillen, who organised a 100 Acts of Kindness campaign to help us provide the equipment. We’d also like to say a big thank you to Steve Westley (pictured below, right) from our suppliers Huntleigh for offering us a special price for the machine and for coming along on the day to show us how it works.

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