This post is brought to you by NIVEA Baby.
Just before my birthday, NIVEA Baby took me and other mom bloggers Jackie Go of Go, Jackie Go!, Neva Santos of Manila Mommy, and Jemimah Mendoza of eSuperMommy, to Fabella Hospital. I confessed to you before in this blog post that I was afraid to go because I knew I was going to get my heart broken. But off we went on that early morning and I actually am glad I went.
At Fabella, we were told by NIVEA Baby not to cry or feel sad when we meet the moms. We can't make them feel like we're sorry for them. We should give them dignity. I didn't really feel sorry for them. In fact, I was surprised at how happy I felt when I saw the babies. They made me want to have more babies! I wanted to scoop them all up and inhale their newborn scent and just coo and gaze and kiss them. Mwah mwah mwah! Of course I didn't (I forgot to bring alcogel so I didn't want to spread my germs), although the moms were happy to share their babies.
Okay, this is going to be a photo-heavy post so I'll just do captions!
Meeting the moms and babies
Things that still need improvement
What NIVEA Baby has done
The most important thing that NIVEA Baby accomplished is improving the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). They donated much-needed equipment, improved the sanitation areas, added storage, improved the ventilation.
There's still much that needs to be done! Here's one of the head nurses telling us that what they need is space, too. NICU babies should be about a meter apart. This is to prevent the spread of infection, but they have so little space and so few beds that what they do is if these two babies have pneumonia, they'll share one bed. It's heartbreaking.
In my previous post about NIVEA Baby's project with Fabella Hospital, many of you asked how to help. Back then, NIVEA Baby told us that there's no need to purchase any of their products since they already have a budget for this project (although I would super encourage you to support NIVEA Baby just because of this amazing cause!). What they need from us is to spread awareness of the plight of our fellow moms and their newborns, and to donate items that the mothers, babies and even the hospital needs.
I don't yet have a list of these essentials, but I imagine them to be water, diapers, sanitary pads, toilet paper, cloth lampin, baby clothes, etc. NIVEA Baby hopes we can still find it in our hearts to dig deep into our closets and wallets to help give the moms and babies at Fabella a happy Christmas.
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