What’s on your Birthday Wish List?
You couldn’t help but notice that in December we had a number of landmark celebrations. Not only was the charity celebrating its 35th Anniversary but our Founder Judy Ledger, was also celebrating her 60th birthday and her 30th Wedding Anniversary! Obviously people wanted to send gifts and flowers but Judy asked that instead her friends and family donated to our Monitoring for Mums Appeal a campaign that we proudly launched in September of last year.
Through this avenue Judy managed to raise enough to buy four Blood Pressure monitors and has decided to donate them to Birmingham Women’s Hospital, where she had her eldest surviving child, Richard. The Blood Pressure monitors cost a little over £2,000 each, so thank you to all of those who donated so generously.
Birmingham Women’s Foundation NHS Trust (BWNFT) is a regional tertiary referral unit providing care for 8,200 women per annum. Approximately 300 women with hypertension in pregnancy are referred to the day assessment unit (DAU) for 24 hour blood pressure (BP) monitoring each year.
Without the correct, working equipment, they are unable to offer this service consistently, leading to women not receiving timely access to 24 hour surveillance of their blood pressure. These additional monitors, will enable staff to effectively monitor women’s BP and formulate appropriate individualised care plans in a timely fashion so as to optimize safety and help us to ensure that women receive high quality evidence based clinical care.
Monitoring for Mums has raised almost £60,000 since it started in September, and with a target of £5,000,000 we need more support.
Each hospital has sent us their hospital wish-lists for they need to provide safer and better care, and we want to help them all. Search for your local unit’s wish-list.
“Thank you so much Baby Lifeline and Judy for all you’ve done to secure so many 24 hour ambulatory blood pressure monitors for our Day Assessment Unit here at Birmingham Women’s hospital” – Birmingham Women’s Hospital
“I am delighted, that through my friends’ generosity, I have been able to provide important monitors for a maternity unit that cared for me during my high-risk pregnancy with Richard, my eldest son who is to become a Father himself this month. I feel that I have given back a token of my appreciation. The unit needed 7 specialist Blood Pressure monitors for its Antenatal Assessment Unit, through Baby Lifeline they now have 6.” – Judy Ledger