Nursing mums given four chairs

YVETTE BATTEN - NORTH TARANAKI MIDWEEK
Last updated 05:00 26/03/2014
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Special chairs: Members of the Taranaki Neo-Natal Parent Support Group, neo-natal ward staff and Lions Club members with mothers, seated left, Antonia Meads and her premature twins Kelia and Daymein, and Anna-Ruth Small with Jack.

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The neo-natal ward at Taranaki Base Hospital now has specially designed chairs to help nursing mothers.

At the request of the Taranaki Neo-Natal Parent Support Group, six Lions club in the New Plymouth area contributed to buying the four chairs.

"I think it's amazing," parent support group spokeswoman Philippa Gray said.

"Having been a mum through the unit previously, they had metal framed chairs and they were not overly comfortable. This is just brilliant.

"It will make a massive difference. It's quite a hard transition going from a tube fed baby, when they're little, to breast feeding. Sometimes they have trouble latching on," she said.

Each Posture Perfect nursing chair is worth about $700.

Lions New Plymouth zone chairman Wilfred Riepen said the clubs involved were Okato, Waitara, Inglewood, Bell Block Puketapu, Bell Block and Districts, and New Plymouth Egmont.

"It's a good cause," he said.

"We appreciate being approached by the Neo-Natal Trust. Lion's club is here to serve and help our district for what ever cause that's required."

Each club took on their own fundraising projects to raise the money, he said.

Mrs Gray wanted to thank the volunteers within the trust, in particular Rosie Hira who helped organise the chairs.

If people are interested in finding out more about the trust or getting involved they can email taranakisupport@neonatal trust.org.nz.

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