TRURO – Having accurate weight gain measurements are an important part of a newborn’s life.
Roadside Willies Smokehouse and Bar is making that just a bit easier with the contribution of a Medela baby weight scale to the Women’s and Children’s Health Department at the Colchester East Hants Health Centre. The restaurant in Bible Hill hosted a six-week Breakfast for Babies campaign recently to help purchase the equipment through the health centre’s foundation.
“The owner, John Henry spoke about this a few months ago, and I wanted to bring my skill to the breakfast,” said Sky Wu, a chef at the restaurant. “We have the love of the heart to help, and we wanted to help the hospital.”
From the end of October to early December, all profits from the Breakfast for Babies campaign went to the purchase of a baby scale, which cost about $2,000.
“It was very meaningful,” said Wu, about the contribution. “We were happy with our turnout for the campaign.”
Tanya LeBlanc-Earle, the interim nurse manager at the hospital, said a follow-up breastfeeding program was created about a year ago for new mothers. Those having issues with breastfeeding are able to return to the hospital to see a lactation consultant, and the scale will come in handy for the program.
“For the moms Nicolle (Stinson, lactation consultant) sees in the clinic, some are facing extra challenges,” she said. “Having accurate measurements helps make sure babies are thriving and growing for their own well-being.”
Sharon Crowe, the executive director of the health centre foundation, said Henry was very committed to the project.
“We presented a couple of things to them, and they chose the baby scale right away. They were interested in doing something, and interested in doing something different, that would appeal to their staff and their clients,” Crowe said. “Through this contribution, we’re giving babies a healthy start in life, and when that happens, it contributes to the community as a whole.”
In 2018, 458 babies were delivered at the hospital. Since last January, there have been 500 visits through the breastfeeding clinic.