It can be a stressful time for mothers who have their babies in Waikato Hospital’s Newborn Intensive Care Unit and so the mums were grateful this year when a group of beauty school students offered to give them free manicures, pedicures and massages.
Now not only have the mothers been spoilt, but babies who will spend time in NICU will benefit from the students’ generosity too.
NICU charge nurse manager Christine Woolerton attended the Elite International School of Beauty and Spa graduation in Hamilton last week and received a cheque for $8300 from the graduating students.
The students gave their services free of charge for client days and the donated funds went to a charity of the students’ choice. This year it was NICU.
“The students have been so generous with their time between exams and lectures and pampered our NICU mums, eyebrows shape and tints, manicures and pedicures and massages.
“It was all was very gratefully received and we had the mums queueing up,” said Christine.
“I hope to put the funds towards purchasing a much needed up to date commercial freezer for the storage of expressed breast milk.
“We currently only have some very old domestic freezers which are overused and outdated. Each freezer costs $9000.
“The beauty school students got as much out of supporting our mums as the mums did so they intend to keep coming up to the NICU next year.”
The students thought of NICU because one of their tutors had a newborn baby who needed special care.
“Giving treatments to the NICU mums gave the students an experience unique to their training, interacting and supporting someone through a stressful situation in a very unique way,” said Christine.
Meanwhile 6-year-old Ethan Cunningham, a graduate of NICU himself, wanted to give something back to the unit and so he and his classmates from St Pius School in Hamilton made some special Christmas tree decorations.
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