Bake for Babies to buy a new ventilator

When 1 Jul, 2019 12:00am — 30 Sep, 2019 12:00pm Where Canberra Website
The Newborn Intensive Care Foundation (NICF) is urging people to turn on their ovens and take the bake challenge to raise $60,000. Funds raise will buy a state-of-the-art ventilator to support a baby’s breathing preventing brain damage and lung damage in sick newborn babies admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit a Canberra’s Centenary Hospital for Women and Children.

NICF Chairman Peter Cursley said “Premature babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) are fragile and often rely on assistance to breathe.”

“Newborns should not have to start their lives struggling for it. But some will, and the best we can do is help create an ideal environment for them to relax, sleep and grow – while minimising as many risks as possible to their physical and mental development.”.

NAVA ventilators have been purposely created to help provide vulnerable neonates with the support they need while protecting the lungs, brain and other developing organs. With Neutrally Adjusted Ventilatory Assist (NAVA®), SERVO-n enables personalisation of mechanical ventilation. This mode has the capability to truly match assistance with the irregular breathing pattern of neonates. Every breath the baby gets is the breath they need, as determined by their own physiology.

Mr Cursley went on to say, “this year the Newborn Intensive Care Foundation is raising funds to purchase our second Nava ventilator at a total cost of around $60,000. To raise the money needed, the NICF is launching the Bake for Babies fundraiser on Monday 1 July that will run until the end of September.”

Tina Martinovic, coordinator of Bake for Babies said “People can bake whatever they like – scones, cakes, pizzas, brownies, cheesecakes, cupcakes, cookies, muffins, biscuits, a slice or maybe charge friends for a seat at the table of a baked dinner.”
“We want people to have fun baking, maybe involving their kids, and then sell their baked creations at a price they think appropriate and donate the profits to the NICF.” Tina said.
Participants wanting to bake need to sign up to Bake for Babies on the NICF website.

100% of all money raised by the NICF funds medical equipment, research, and nurse education to help sick newborn babies of the Canberra region.
For more information about this event, call 0408649095 or visit

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