Beds for babies

Peace Arch Hospital has received funding for one of eight infant resuscitation warming beds in its newly renovated maternity ward.

The bed – which is critical for regulating body temperature and providing CPR or medications immediately after birth – has been funded by a $20,000-grant from the Envision Financial Community Endowment, housed with the First West Foundation.

Each of the ward’s eight birthing rooms required one of the beds to avoid transporting babies around for emergency medical treatment.

Updating the ward to ensure each labour and delivery suite had its own state-of-the-art equipment was critical, according to Peace Arch Hospital and Community Health Foundation’s senior development officer.

“It enables Peace Arch to continue providing its patients with current best practices in maternal care – especially in the event of an emergency, when doctors need to access equipment at a moment’s notice,” Selina Yano said.

Seline Kutan, executive director of First West Foundation, added the warming bed is just one of the many modern technologies helping to bring Peace Arch’s maternity program into the 21st century.

“Families can feel rest-assured that they’re receiving the best possible care right here in their community, and the foundation is pleased to make that possible