MedEquip4Kids donated £28,600 to the Bayb’s Maternity Appeal in July to buy six resuscitaires for the brand new South Lakes Birth Centre in Barrow. We were delighted to take Ghazala Baig, Chief Executive of MedEquip4Kids and Vincent Boodeea of VINCI Construction UK on a tour of the new maternity unit to see the equipment which was funded by their generous donation.

About MedEquip4Kids

The Manchester-based charity raises money to provide paediatric medical equipment and facilities for hospitals and community health teams throughout the North West. A long-term and committed supporter of theirs is VINCI Construction UK, who worked on the construction of the new maternity unit at Furness General Hospital. In turn, MedEquip4Kids supported the Bayb’s Maternity Appeal at their request.

Why resuscitaires are so important

Sascha Wells, Director of Midwifery, Gynaecology and Obstetrics, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, said: “It was fantastic to receive this money for six resuscitaires. Resuscitaires are used for some babies who need extra help with breathing when they are first born.”

“We have 14 en suite birthing rooms in the new maternity unit where mum-to-be will deliver her baby and then stay until discharged. We have a wall mounted resuscitaire in each to give labouring mums extra peace of mind from the moment they first enter their room and to allow staff to quickly assist those babies, who need a little bit of extra help.”

Bayb’s Maternity Appeal

The appeal, which closes at the end of this month, now stands at £225,000 towards its £250,000 target. It was launched by Bay Hospitals Charity to fund “extras” for the £12 million South Lakes Birth Centre at Furness General Hospital with the aim of making it one of the best places in the country to give birth. These “extras” fall outside the remit of what the NHS is able to fund but add much to what the centre is able to offer both staff and patients.

The centre’s 14 en-suite rooms, where mum-to-be stays for her labour, delivery and until she is ready to go home have flat screen SMART TVs and it’s Bayb’s money that has been used to make the rooms’ décor as homely as possible and to equip them with cots that can be pulled over the bed so mum and her newborn can maximise skin-to-skin contact. All rooms also have wall mounted resuscitaires funded by the appeal.

And it’s not just comfort but also, choice that the appeal has worked to improve, funding three of the centre’s four birthing pools, while for the multi-disciplinary teams that will work in the unit, it has bought a SimMom as a continuous training tool. The SimMom is a computer controlled model with the touch of real skin that can be programmed to have a simple delivery or a complicated one, her body reacting in exactly the same way as the human body.

Get involved

You can donate securely online to the appeal.

To chat to us about fundraising for Bay Hospitals Charity, please contact Heidi in our Barrow Charity Office on 01229 404473 or email

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