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Panda warmer helps keep newborns safe after they are delivered

The Moose FM Community Cares Radiothon is a week away. The 12 hour fundraiser for health care in our region is this Friday starting at 6 am.  The Sensenbrenner Hospital Foundation in Kapuskasing is raising money for a panda warmer to help newborns. Manager Active Care Janelle Martin-Edwards says the babies will be transferred to the warmer once they have spent a few moments with their moms.

“To be measured and have their vital signs taken and weighed,” she said. “It’s a unit that keeps the baby nice and warm during that procedure. It’s a very portable unit that stays in the room with the mom and near the mom so the baby and mom aren’t separated.”

Martin Edwards says having two of the warmers will be very important.

“A baby is not delivered naturally in one of our birthing rooms – it’s delivered in the operating room,” she said. “In the operating room right now we are currently working with an older model and what we are hoping to have is two pieces of the state of the art equipment.”

The expansion project at Notre Dame Hospital in Hearst is also being supported by donations from the Radio-thon.

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