What’s in a touch

A precious moment in time

Born on 28 May, Perry was a very sick baby and spent 40 days in the Cardiac Surgical Intensive Care ward of Mater Mothers’ Neonatal Critical Care Unit (NCCU). 

His mum Belinda yearned to touch her newborn baby and thanks to supporters like you, she was able to hold Perry for the first time—an incredible gift of love you made possible.                                                 

Your generous support enabled Mater to purchase Giraffe Warmers. These are a revolutionary piece of infant care technology which provides a nurturing, life-sustaining environment for premature and seriously ill babies.baby-perry-450x450.jpg

These machines allow parents to be able to kiss, touch and, cuddle their child—vital for the emotional development and well-being of babies and their parents, like Perry and Belinda.

It’s human instinct to want to reach out and touch—and that is what Belinda can now do—thanks to you.

Belinda can now enjoy some precious skin to skin time while Perry remains attached to a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine for respiratory support.

“I can sit here and cuddle him all day, which I couldn’t do in the other crib; it’s fantastic to be so close to him now,” Belinda said.

“We didn’t even know what colour his eyes were until he was moved to the Giraffe Warmer—when he opened his eyes and looked at us, it was a beautiful moment.”

Mater cares for 2000 seriously ill and premature babies each year. Your gift of giving parents such precious time with their babies makes a difference in more ways than you can imagine.

“I can sit here and cuddle him all day, which I couldn’t do in the other crib; it’s fantastic to be so close to him now.”

Mum Belinda said.