This post is brought to you by NIVEA Baby.
I just found out a truly beautiful thing: NIVEA BABY is renovating the maternity wing of the Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital.
Fabella is a mother-and-baby hospital in Sta. Cruz, Manila, famous for being a "baby factory." That's because of the high rate of babies born there every single day. I read on Wikipedia that 20% of Metro Manila's babies are born in Fabella. I don't know if that's true but just one look at this photo and I can believe that:
The volume of moms and babies is so high that they are forced to share beds. This is just one of the many challenges the hospital and its patients face. Space, ventilation, hygiene, storage... the list goes on and on! What grabs my heart most is the fact that their neonatal intensive care unit is so needed and yet so severely needing help itself! Dr. Melissa Juico, Chairman of the Department of Newborn Medicine, says, “Fabella caters to premature and high-risk babies. Most of the families you see here are those who cannot afford quality hospitalization.”
|The entry hallway|
|The maternity ward where up to three mommies with their babies share one bed.|
|The breastfeeding station.|
|Up to three babies share one bassinet in the NICU.|
|New moms and their cute sweethearts|
Imagine how I felt when NIVEA BABY asked me and a few other mommies to help them give these mothers and babies at Fabella that happier and brighter experience! This project, called "Caring Beyond Skincare," is now underway and I'm going to be helping NIVEA BABY spread awareness about it because they're going to need your help, too.
Jon Lee, Assistant Brand Manager for NIVEA BABY, shared that this is a first for NIVEA BABY because the brand wants to reach out and help give the mildest protection for babies beyond caring for skin. Dr. Juico’s team is also very optimistic about the project, and they’re very happy to have been chosen by NIVEA BABY.
I'll be visiting Fabella soon to see for myself the progress of the renovation. To be honest with you, I told the NIVEA BABY group that I'm afraid of my emotions. If the photos alone made me cry, I don't know what I'd do when I actually see the new moms and newborns in such conditions. All the more reason I want to be part of this, even if it hurts my heart! I hope you can join me and NIVEA BABY, too, in making the moms and babies of Fabella have a happier and brighter experience. I'll keep you updated, mommies!
Join the #CaringBeyondSkincare Movement of NIVEA BABY on their Facebook page.
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