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Opening of “Sophie’s Room” at Emma Children’s Hospital in Amsterdam

April marked the opening of the impressive new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for prematurely born babies and their caregivers at the Emma Children’s Hospital at the Amsterdam UMC.

We are so proud of “Sophie’s Room”, one of the state-of-the-art “couplet care rooms” that the Sophie Foundation has been able to sponsor thanks to the amazing support of so many friends and donors. In these rooms, a mother and baby who both require intensive care can be together – rather than separated in different parts of the hospital, as was the case until now.

Thank you for your support! 

 

April marked the opening of the impressive new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for prematurely born babies and their caregivers at the Emma Children’s Hospital at the Amsterdam UMC.

We were honored to visit the new department and one of the state-of-the-art “couplet care rooms” that the Sophie Foundation has been able to sponsor thanks to the amazing support of so many friends and donors.

It was fascinating and heart-warming to hear from project leader Marjo Willemsen how they not only incorporated the latest medical technologies, but also kept an eye on how to make the experience for the babies, parents and caregivers even better, and create an optimal working environment for the nursing and medical staff.

We are so proud of “Sophie’s Room”, where a mother and baby who both require intensive care can be together – rather than separated in different parts of the hospital, as was the case until now.

Seeing the donations “come alive” in this good cause motivates us to continue our work with the Emma Children’s Hospital, and we are currently deciding what new project(s) we want to support in the coming 1-2 years. One option we heard about is the latest cutting-edge research of dr. Tim de Meij on the microbiome of prematurely born babies, and how to improve their quality of life in the NICU and beyond. Stay tuned!

We would like to thank Gwen van Mansum – Timmer and Rianne Willemsen of the Stichting Steun Emma Kinderziekenhuis, who we work with closely to identify potential projects that fit with our mission – to help prevent premature birth, and to support prematurely born babies, their families, and caregivers.

We are already looking forward to the second edition of the Sophie Foundation Family Run in September (11/09). Stay tuned on www.sophiefoundation.nl for more details.

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