UnityPoint Health®-Finley Health Foundation was a recipient of a $5,000 grant from the Dubuque Racing Association. The grant will support Finley Hospital’s Family Birthing Suites in purchasing a new baby weight scale, a necessary piece of equipment for the department.
The specialized baby weight scale is accurate to one gram and is heated to prevent a newborn from getting cold during the first critical hours of life. This scale is essential to giving babies a good start in life. A few grams in weight can change a treatment plan for sick newborns, and keep the healthy ones on the right track.
The scale is used on the unit while the mother and baby are inpatients or mothers can bring their babies in to weigh them between provider visits. This is helpful to mothers struggling with breastfeeding, and in turn will help the Dubuque area meet the Healthy 2020 goal of increasing the breastfeeding population and increasing the health of US children.