Bolingbrook – Premature babies born at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital will receive gift baskets stuffed with tiny diapers, blankets, toys and other goodies thanks to a donation from the March of Dimes. The nonprofit organization, dedicated to preventing birth defects, infant mortality and premature births, donated eight baskets to the hospital’s obstetrics unit. The four blue and four pink baskets are valued at about $500.
“These baskets contain wonderful gifts for our tiniest patients,” said Diane Leonard, clinical manager of the hospital’s obstetrics unit. “We appreciate the support from the March of Dimes and the community.”
Donors bid on each basket during a silent auction at the March of Dimes 22nd annual benefit, held Oct. 9 at the Patrick C. Haley Mansion in Joliet. Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital was the event’s presenting sponsor.
“We’re proud to support Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, which has been a welcome addition to the Will County community,” said Pamela Bowden, community director of the March of Dimes Northeast Division.
Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital lit its stairwells pink for three days last month to raise awareness for Prematurity Awareness Day, which was Nov. 12. The hospital’s Maternal-Fetal Medicine Center provides full-service, comprehensive obstetrical care including state-of-the-art neonatal services for premature and critically ill newborns. Having access to these medical services close to home can be a tremendous comfort and source of support for families facing high-risk pregnancies.
Highly trained specialists in the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Center develop personal and individualized management plans to guide expectant mothers through high-risk pregnancies. The center’s multidisciplinary team of specialists provides a support network to help families make important healthcare decisions.
Specialized services offered at the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Center include:
- pre-conception counseling,
- high-risk pregnancy consultations and co-management of complicated pregnancies (including multiples),
- genetic counseling,
- first trimester screening and sequential screening for Down Syndrome,
- antepartum testing (including non-stress tests, biophysical profile and Doppler evaluation of fetal circulation),
- high-resolution ultrasound,
- routine obstetric ultrasound, and
- diabetic education.
More than 530,000 babies annually in the United States are born before 37 weeks gestation. Premature birth is the leading cause of newborn death and can be a major cause of lifelong disability. Even infants born just a few weeks too soon have a greater risk of breathing problems, feeding difficulties, hypothermia (temperature instability), jaundice and delayed brain development.