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September 2021

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Student midwives Clare and Emily show Blue Ribbon Foundation Horsham branch president Dale Russell how Wimmera Health Care Group’s new neonatal resuscitation cot works.

Immediate use for resuscitation cot

The local Blue Ribbon Foundation raised $30,000 to help pay for the special cot which has already provided fundamental care in the Wimmera Healthcare Group’s maternity ward.

Yandilla nurse midwife unit manager Michelle Coutts said she was extremely grateful for the generous support of the Blue Ribbon Foundation and its supporters.

‘The cot had only been here a few days before it was needed so it has already provided life-saving comfort for one Wimmera family,’ Ms Coutts said.

‘About 10 per cent of all babies born in Australia require some sort of resuscitation at birth and this can be for a wide variety of reasons.

‘The resuscitation cots in our maternity services are standard equipment and it is wonderful to get a new one.

‘We need to be prepared to manage the smallest of babies at Wimmera Healthcare Group, given the vast size of the catchment area for our health service.’

Ms Coutts said the cots were used for a variety of resuscitation measures.