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LITTLE TED'S APPEAL raising funds to soundproof two rooms on the Delivery Suite at the Sharoe Green Maternity Unit.  The Appeal needs £25,000 to carry out the necessary work and we need our community's help to make this happen.

Thomas Edward Davis (TED) was born sleeping at 38 weeks on the 17th March 2015. Thomas's Father,Spencer Davis is the driving force and founder of The Appeal and has pledged to raise the funds required.  To read more about Little Ted's Appeal and Spencer's story please see our Events page - MAY.

You can help raise the funds for Little Ted's Appeal by giving a donation  :

or click on Little Ted's Appeal logo above

Supporting one of the many events due to take place (see our events pages)

Or by purchasing one of the following from the Baby Beat Shop (which is situated in the foyer of the Sharoe Green Maternity Unit):

Lanyards   £1.99

Wristbands £2.50 

Pin badges  £1.99 

Little Teddies  £1.99


We need knitters to help with making the little Teddies which have become the Little Ted Appeal's logo. If you would like to help, please see our  Events Page July 2015 - Little Ted's knitting pattern  

We will be selling the teddies in the Baby Beat shop and also in the community to raise funds for this much needed cause. 

If you require further details, please contact Karen 01772 524414

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The Baby Beat Appeal's objective is to raise £100,000 each year to fund equipment and projects that are not covered by the Sharoe Green Maternity Unit's capital budget. We try to fund state of the art developments and technology that are innovative and needed by the clinical staff on the Maternity Unit. Fortunately, we haven't had to fund new replacements for our enhancements as they tend to become part of the mainstream and are taken up by the Trust. This philosophy has enabled the Sharoe Green Maternity Unit to keep at the forefront of new medical developments and practices.

Initially the Baby Beat Appeal was set up to provide innovative foetal monitoring equipment, which wasn't commonplace in units of this size. However, the scope of this has now been broadened and we have provided funding to facilitate research, training, IT development and bereavement counselling. The IT project matured into a Maternity Unit Monitoring System (MUMS) and this project, like many others was taken up for further development by the Trust.

On behalf of those babies 'as yet unborn', we are eternally grateful to all our past supporters and those who pledge to help us in the future.

Below is a list of equipment and projects that have been funded by The Appeal since 1987, starting with the most recent.

2010 – 2014 We purchased the following:

1 x Bariatric Pillow

The Bariatric Pillow is a head elevating Laryngoscopy pillow which creates a ramping method of positioning for high BMI patients when anaesthetised during surgery and enables the upper airway anatomy to be realigned. Cost: £3,000

SimMom Manikin

The SimMom is a specially designed life size manikin doll which is a vital piece of equipment used as a teaching aid for clinicians. The doll is electronically controlled and allows realistic activity such as breathing, bleeding, pulse and can talk and is used to gain experience in dealing with obstetric emergencies such as complicated deliveries, inverted uterus and post-partum haemorrhaging. It allows midwives and doctors at every level, to be trained before having to encounter these medical problems in real life patients.

By practicing emergency obstetric scenarios using the simulator, staff and students gain experience, skills and confidence that will provide enormous benefits when they come to deal with these situations in real life. Cost: £27,000

Sim Baby trainer

As with the SimMom, the life like baby manikin is a teaching aid which allows clinicians to undertake highly realistic training in the techniques of resuscitating babies at birth. The specialist resuscitation doll is unique as it allows the staff to practice the correct techniques in how to clear a baby’s airway, inflate the baby’s lungs and perform cardiac massage allowing the most realistic training possible in saving a baby’s life. Cost: £1300

Maternity Family Room

For some families, despite the wonders of modern technology, pregnancy does not result in a live baby and these new Mothers and families need the dedication and support of the midwifery and medical staff to help them through this difficult time in their lives.

The Sharoe Green Maternity Unit provides a dedicated ‘Family Room’ in which the families are cared for during their hospital stay allowing Mum to have her partner and family’s support until she is ready to be discharged from Hospital. The Family Room is greatly appreciated, away from the main ward, where other pregnant ladies are about to give birth or where babies have already been born and is vital in providing modern comforts and a place for parents to say their final goodbyes to their baby in a more homely and non-clincial environment. The room was in desperate need of modernisation and with donations and fundraising this was achieved through Baby Beat. Cost: £20,000

2 x Cold Cots

Dealing with the death of a baby is an incredibly difficult time for parents and many bereaved parents wish to spend some time with their baby. This equipment allows the Cot to be temperature regulated which ultimately enables precious family time before parents have to say their final goodbyes. Cost: £2988

K2 System

The K2 system provides an electronic record of patient information during childbirth. This information can be shown in ‘real’ time to improve communication in and outside the delivery suite room to improve patient care. The collection of information means that the reports it generates can help in the quality of care. Cost: £75,000

10 x Bilirubin Check Monitors

This equipment monitors jaundice in newborn babies and replaces the heel prick blood tests which were routinely carried out to establish their bilirubin levels. The old blood test which can be quite traumatic for the baby and Mother has been replaced with these monitors which are simply place over the baby’s forehead giving rapid and reliable results, with no need for distress. Cost: £30,000

1 x Ultrasound Probe

The ultrasound probe is used in anaesthetic practices in obstetrics allowing the anaesthetist to administer accurate and successful epidural pain relief and spinal anaesthesia for caesarean sections in patients with a high BMI. Cost: £7290

6 x Sonic Aid Monitors and 2 x Sonic Aid Stands

These hand held dopplers allow midwives to listen to the foetal heart and are a vital piece of equipment in ante-natal care. The stands are docking stations for the sonic aid monitors allowing the monitor to be manoeuvred between patients easily. Cost: £1900

2009 to 2010 - the following was purchased for the Delivery Suite

1 MP30 Monitor

This monitor allows the clinicians to measure the heart rate, non-invasive and invasive blood pressure, breathing, pulse and temperature in the mother at time of delivery.

2 FM30 Foetal Monitors

This piece of equipment allows the mother to be mobile during labour whilst recording information. Transducers attach to the mother's stomach and enables the monitoring of the baby via ultrasound, indicating the baby’s movements, heart rate and also contractions.

2 Sonic Aid Monitors

This is a small battery operated machine, which allows midwives to listen to the foetal heart. The advantage is that this machine can be carried in the pocket and taken out to access patients in the community. In the past, some of our patients on the edge of society weren’t keen to come into hospital and it has been a way of taking ante-natal care to them in the community thus giving those patients the confidence to bring them into the hospital for scans and further investigations.

4 Sonic Aid Monitor Stands

A docking station for a sonic aid monitor allowing the monitor to be manoeuvred between patients easily.

8 Duo Monitor Packages

All mothers have blood pressure and pulse taken on entering the delivery suite as normal criteria. This duo monitor allows the clinicians to monitor blood pressure and also pulse rate.

2006 to 2009 - was spent on the following:

4 Sonicaid Monitor

A Sonicaid is a hand-held Doppler. This is a small, battery-operated machine, which allows midwives to listen to the foetal heart. The advantage is that his machine can be carried in the pocket and taken out to assess patients in the community. In the past, some of our patients on the edge of society aren’t keen to come into hospital and it has been a way of taking ante-natal care to them in the community and then giving them the confidence to bring them in for scans and further investigations.

2 Non Episiotomy Birthing Teaching Aids

This is the sort of equipment used in teaching both junior doctors and midwives for the examination of women and also suturing of tears and episiotomies. This means that they can become adept in the procedure, long before they need to undertake it on real patients.

1 Prompt Birthing Simulator

This is a precision designed teaching aid. It is a fully animated baby doll with an anatomically correct pelvis. It allows both midwives and junior doctors to practice different types of complicated deliveries. It enables the clinicians to practice different types of pressure or traction to deliver a baby whilst being demonstrated via a computer. This enables doctors/midwives to develop their technique with a degree of traction used, measured safely by the attached computer, once again, long before they require to perform this with the patient.

2 Ventouse Machines

This is a device that allows us to deliver babies safely. Previously all babies needing assistance in delivery were delivered using forceps, which could be traumatic to both the Mother and the baby. A Ventouse is where a plastic cup is applied to the baby’s head and with the mother’s pushing, aids delivery of the baby. There is evidence that this produces significantly less trauma for the mother and her baby.

3 Datascopes (2 for Ward M1, 1 for Ante Natal Clinic)

Ensures correct maternal observations of blood pressure, heart rate and oxygen saturation to be taken more regularly for women with problems during pregnancy and labour and allows staff to concentrate on the mother personally. These observations will have a "knock on" effect on the baby's condition in labour. This new technology does what several pieces of equipment did in the past.

2005 - £33,000 the following was purchased:

8 Infusion Pumps (Delivery Suite)

Intravenous pumps used during labour to deliver and record precisely the fluids and drugs intake. They are important for women who need high dependence intensive care. The pumps do what several pieces of equipment did in the past and give a reading/record at regular intervals.

Bladder Scanner (Ward M1)

Some mothers develop bladder problems following delivery and before they are discharged, which causes distress. The scanner is a new piece of equipment which assesses potential problems and is used to great effect on the district.

Oximeter (Delivery Suite)

Non invasive way of measuring a baby's oxygen level immediately. It is particularly helpful, for example, if a child is thought to be having breath holding attacks on the ward or cyanotic episodes during feeding. It gives an immediate assessment and helps to decide whether the baby truly needs to be transferred to special care or can remain with the mother.

1987 - 2004

  • Bereavement Counselling Project (2004)
  • Twin Monitor (2004)
  • Ultrasound Enhancement
  • IT project
  • 4 Hand Held Dopplers
  • Blood Gas Analyser Machine; Biometric Login System
  • 2 CTG Machines (Preston & Chorley Day Unit)
  • MUMS System
  • CTG Machine (Preston Day Unit)
  • Set of Teaching Videos
  • 6 Hand Held Dopplers
  • Twin Monitor
  • Miscarriage Project
  • Fetal Lactate (distress warning)
  • 2 Fetal Pulse Oximeters
  • Hand Held Ultrasound Doppler for Community Drop-in Clinic
  • Ultrasound Scanner for Delivery Suite
  • 5 Sonicaid Monitors
  • Diabetic Pumps
  • Ultrasound Scanner (for 10-12 week gestation) for Ante Natal Clinic
  • Monitor
  • Modem
  • Trolley and Receiving Station
  • Equipment for late pregnancy monitoring and training
  • Mobile Monitors and Twin Monitors
  • Fetal monitoring for 16 rooms
  • Computer System for Delivery Suite
  • Fetal Telemetry Unit