Welcome!

News Feed Item

Mom of Preemie Donates Medela Breastpump to Ronald McDonald House to Celebrate Son's One-Year Birthday

"Matching" Gifts Benefit Moms with Premature Infants

MCHENRY, Ill., Aug. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Instead of planning a traditional birthday party to celebrate her son's first birthday, Stephanie Wujick, a mother from Oldsmar, Fla., opted to rally friends and family to raise funds for a hospital-grade breastpump to donate to the Ronald McDonald House Central in St. Petersburg, Fla. This gift has special meaning to Stephanie, who stayed at the House while her now one-year-old son was in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at the All Children's Hospital, to which the House is attached. Stephanie was one of four mothers sharing one pump to provide milk for their infants in the NICU.

"I was so grateful for the pump," said Stephanie. "But tracking down the breastpump at three in the morning while you're exhausted and stressed out was not fun." She resolved to help other moms provide breastmilk for their infants in the NICU by making sure that the moms had access to an additional pump. In honor of her healthy and thriving son's first birthday, Stephanie raised enough money to provide a Symphony® Preemie+™ Breastpump, as well as a trolley for transporting the pump around the House. When Stephanie first approached Medela about purchasing a pump for her to donate, the company was inspired by her generosity and commitment to helping moms and infants in the NICU – which mirrors Medela's own destiny statement to enhance baby health through the life-giving benefits of breastmilk. After meeting with the House director and learning of the great need for breastpumps, Medela "matched" her gift by donating an additional Symphony® Breastpump to the House.

Every year, more than 450,000 infants are born prematurely[1] and require NICU support. Research has demonstrated that for most infants – particularly premature infants – human milk is easier to digest than formula and helps vulnerable stomachs to mature. Because their immune systems are immature, premature infants also face a greater risk of infection, such as necrotizing enterocolitis, an intestinal disease associated with a high mortality rate in the NICU. Human milk contains hormones, antibodies and other protective factors that help infants fight infection and become stronger. The American Academy of Pediatrics calls on hospitals and physicians to recommend human milk for premature and other high-risk infants.[2]

"Breastmilk is medicine for premature infants. Yet many preemies are unable to feed directly from their mothers," said Carolin Archibald, president of Medela. "We are delighted to be a part of this special gift and hope that donating an additional Symphony® Breastpump to the Ronald McDonald House will make it easier for moms to provide the life-giving benefits of breastmilk to their babies."

"We're always seeking ways to support families who are caring for hospitalized children," said RMHC CEO Janice Davis. "Having breastpumps available at the House for moms of NICU babies, and other new mothers whose infants are hospitalized, is an important, meaningful service we can offer."

Medela has a strong presence in the NICU. In addition to the Symphony® Preemie+™, Medela has a wide range of research-based feeding products that deliver the important nutrient value of human milk to infants who are unable to breastfeed. With its recent acquisition of the enteral feeding assets of Acacia, Medela now offers solutions for NICU infants who are unable to feed orally.

To learn more about Medela, visit http://www.medelabreastfeedingus.com. Learn more about the Ronald McDonald House Central in St. Petersburg at http://rmhctampabay.com/stpete.php.

About Medela

The Medela family company, headquartered in the Canton of Zug, Switzerland, was founded by Olle Larsson in 1961. Medela concentrates on two business units: "Breastfeeding," with fundamental research that is recognized globally and leading in the development and manufacture of breastfeeding products, and "Healthcare," engineering and manufacturing highly innovative medical vacuum technology solutions. Medela has 18 subsidiaries in Europe, North America and Asia, distributes its products in over 90 countries, and employs 1,500 staff worldwide.

About Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tampa Bay

Ronald McDonald House Charities, a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children. Its programs are grassroots-driven to enable the Charity to offer help where children need it most — right in their own communities. 

The Ronald McDonald House of Tampa Bay, with four Houses is a not-for-profit organization now in its 34th year of providing a safe and affordable "home-away-from-home" for families with children receiving medical treatment in bay area hospitals. These four Houses have provided comfort and care to more than 46,000 families since opening in 1980. It is the cornerstone program of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tampa Bay. For more information visit www.rmhctampabay.com.

[1] March of Dimes 2012 Premature Birth Report Card. http://www.marchofdimes.com/mission/prematurity-reportcard.aspx. Accessed July 30, 2014.

[2] American Academy of Pediatrics. Executive Summary: Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk. https://www2.aap.org/breastfeeding/files/pdf/Breastfeeding2012ExecSum.pdf. Published 2012. Accessed July 30, 2014.

SOURCE Medela

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
Detecting internal user threats in the Big Data eco-system is challenging and cumbersome. Many organizations monitor internal usage of the Big Data eco-system using a set of alerts. This is not a scalable process given the increase in the number of alerts with the accelerating growth in data volume and user base. Organizations are increasingly leveraging machine learning to monitor only those data elements that are sensitive and critical, autonomously establish monitoring policies, and to detect...
"We're a cybersecurity firm that specializes in engineering security solutions both at the software and hardware level. Security cannot be an after-the-fact afterthought, which is what it's become," stated Richard Blech, Chief Executive Officer at Secure Channels, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Most companies are adopting or evaluating container technology - Docker in particular - to speed up application deployment, drive down cost, ease management and make application delivery more flexible overall. As with most new architectures, this dream takes a lot of work to become a reality. Even when you do get your application componentized enough and packaged properly, there are still challenges for DevOps teams to making the shift to continuous delivery and achieving that reduction in cost ...
Enterprise architects are increasingly adopting multi-cloud strategies as they seek to utilize existing data center assets, leverage the advantages of cloud computing and avoid cloud vendor lock-in. This requires a globally aware traffic management strategy that can monitor infrastructure health across data centers and end-user experience globally, while responding to control changes and system specification at the speed of today’s DevOps teams. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Josh Gray, Chie...
To get the most out of their data, successful companies are not focusing on queries and data lakes, they are actively integrating analytics into their operations with a data-first application development approach. Real-time adjustments to improve revenues, reduce costs, or mitigate risk rely on applications that minimize latency on a variety of data sources. Jack Norris reviews best practices to show how companies develop, deploy, and dynamically update these applications and how this data-first...
Intelligent Automation is now one of the key business imperatives for CIOs and CISOs impacting all areas of business today. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Brian Boeggeman, VP Alliances & Partnerships at Ayehu, will talk about how business value is created and delivered through intelligent automation to today’s enterprises. The open ecosystem platform approach toward Intelligent Automation that Ayehu delivers to the market is core to enabling the creation of the self-driving enterprise.
"At the keynote this morning we spoke about the value proposition of Nutanix, of having a DevOps culture and a mindset, and the business outcomes of achieving agility and scale, which everybody here is trying to accomplish," noted Mark Lavi, DevOps Solution Architect at Nutanix, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
"We're here to tell the world about our cloud-scale infrastructure that we have at Juniper combined with the world-class security that we put into the cloud," explained Lisa Guess, VP of Systems Engineering at Juniper Networks, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Historically, some banking activities such as trading have been relying heavily on analytics and cutting edge algorithmic tools. The coming of age of powerful data analytics solutions combined with the development of intelligent algorithms have created new opportunities for financial institutions. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Sebastien Meunier, Head of Digital for North America at Chappuis Halder & Co., discussed how these tools can be leveraged to develop a lasting competitive advantage ...
As businesses adopt functionalities in cloud computing, it’s imperative that IT operations consistently ensure cloud systems work correctly – all of the time, and to their best capabilities. In his session at @BigDataExpo, Bernd Harzog, CEO and founder of OpsDataStore, presented an industry answer to the common question, “Are you running IT operations as efficiently and as cost effectively as you need to?” He then expounded on the industry issues he frequently came up against as an analyst, and ...
The question before companies today is not whether to become intelligent, it’s a question of how and how fast. The key is to adopt and deploy an intelligent application strategy while simultaneously preparing to scale that intelligence. In her session at 21st Cloud Expo, Sangeeta Chakraborty, Chief Customer Officer at Ayasdi, will provide a tactical framework to become a truly intelligent enterprise, including how to identify the right applications for AI, how to build a Center of Excellence to ...
In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Mike Johnston, an infrastructure engineer at Supergiant.io, discussed how to use Kubernetes to set up a SaaS infrastructure for your business. Mike Johnston is an infrastructure engineer at Supergiant.io with over 12 years of experience designing, deploying, and maintaining server and workstation infrastructure at all scales. He has experience with brick and mortar data centers as well as cloud providers like Digital Ocean, Amazon Web Services, and Rackspace. H...
You know you need the cloud, but you’re hesitant to simply dump everything at Amazon since you know that not all workloads are suitable for cloud. You know that you want the kind of ease of use and scalability that you get with public cloud, but your applications are architected in a way that makes the public cloud a non-starter. You’re looking at private cloud solutions based on hyperconverged infrastructure, but you’re concerned with the limits inherent in those technologies.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Massive Networks will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Massive Networks mission is simple. To help your business operate seamlessly with fast, reliable, and secure internet and network solutions. Improve your customer's experience with outstanding connections to your cloud.
DevOps is under attack because developers don’t want to mess with infrastructure. They will happily own their code into production, but want to use platforms instead of raw automation. That’s changing the landscape that we understand as DevOps with both architecture concepts (CloudNative) and process redefinition (SRE). Rob Hirschfeld’s recent work in Kubernetes operations has led to the conclusion that containers and related platforms have changed the way we should be thinking about DevOps and...