Thank you to everyone who read the inaugural issue of Caiden's Hope Foundation's blog posted August 1, 2020. We plan to post every other Saturday, and hope you will join in as we bring you news and interesting tidbits about families with infants in Neonatal Intensive Care Units across the nation, especially during this time of unrest and deep concern for the health of newborns.
This week we thought we would touch upon a recent phenomenon posted by Kelly Cryderman in The Globe and Mail in Calgary, Canada.
"Canadian hospitals saw a sudden drop in
premature births during the pandemic.
Now researchers are trying to find out why."
"Executive director Jannette Festival knew she had a mystery to solve earlier this year, when pandemic lockdowns started taking effect and the usual milk orders from many neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) dropped. By April, orders were 40 per cent below normal.
Ms. Festival, a nurse, started calling the NICUs to figure out what was going on, prepared to defend the safety of the donated milk in the age of novel coronavirus. She was surprised to
learn it wasn't a fear of infection causing the change; many units simply didn't need their regular shipments because they were seeing a significant decrease in the number of very small babies born.
There are theories that women in the final weeks of pregnancy stayed at home instead of carrying on with their regular, stressful loves or faced fewer germs. It's also possible there was less air pollution - as people drove less, planes were parked and factories idled. As lockdowns have eased, there are some corresponding reports of preterm births returning closer to normal levels."
Interestingly, Caiden's Hope also noted a drop in requests from hospital for NICU support of parents during their time at the hospital, and discovered that, although they did not have fewer preemies in the NICU, the hospital staffs had been drastically reduced due to pandemic layoffs. As their support staff decreased, there were fewer hospital social service case workers to help parents seek assistance.
Of course, this does not mean the need has lessened in any way. NICU parents are still personally caring for their precious newborns daily and they still need your support!.
YOU can help them with your tax deductible donation via our secure PayPal donation link at www.caidenshope.org.
The note below is an example of one family's response to Caiden's Hope's financial assistance to them -
"At 19 weeks pregnant we found out our soon to be baby boy had a severe heart defect. We also found out he would need heart surgery within a few days of being born. We live in Sioux City, Iowa and needed to be in and stay in Omaha, Nebraska until he recovered and could go home. He arrived earlier than expected at 35 weeks. We received the gift cards from you helping with the extra cost of travel that is very appreciated. We are grateful for your foundation and the support!"
Countless others have shared their gratitude for not only the financial help, but the fact that we work hard to help them.
By the way if you're looking for a simple and fun way to support Caiden's Hope and NICU parents - and bring special joy to a little one you love - now's the time to visit www.caidenshope.org/shop and check out our collection of teddy bears.
Soft and cuddly, the heartwarming smile and timeless appeal of a teddy bear brings comfort and snuggles to babies and 'kids' of all ages.
Just one hug and you're Forever Friends!
Just pick out the bear you love the most, and you'll be helping bring
HOPE and HELP to a NICU family.
Your purchase of a 'Forever Friend' will immediately help a family with a tiny baby in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit by providing them with money to buy a meal, possibly even their first meal of a LONG day since they spent all their money on enough gasoline to get to the hospital one more time.
When you purchase a teddy bear for someone you love, please add a 3.5 inch teddy bear for a family in the NICU. We'll cover the cost of shipping this adorable teddy bear directly to Mom and Dad!
Thanks for following Caiden's Hope Foundation as we continue to provide needed support for parents with a premature infant hospitalized in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
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Caiden's Hope Foundation