With spring warming our hearts, there’s no better time to support The Royal Hospital for Women, which continues to support women at the most vulnerable time in their lives.
Women like Nicola Chandler. Her story below shows that when caught in the boa-constrictor of post-natal depression, she was able to recover and heal, thanks to The Royal’s extraordinary perinatal mental health team. “They were my lifeline,” Nicola says, who has recently returned to part time work, swims regularly, and is a doting Mum to 14-month-old Ross.
It’s only through your ongoing support that The Royal is able to continue providing this sort of exceptional care. We may not be the largest hospital but the dedication of our staff and the holistic care provided is without comparison. Your contribution, whatever the size, will help enhance the lives of countless women and families.
TACKLING THE DARKEST OF CLOUDS
1 in 10 pregnant women and new mothers will suffer from clinical anxiety or depression. Nicola Chandler is one of them. Her lifeline during that bleak time, she says, was the perinatal mental health team at The Royal Hospital for Women. Professor Marie Paule Austin, a world expert in the field, diagnosed anti-depressants and referred her to a counsellor once a week.
The first postnatal year is critical to the developmment of healthy infant attachment, which in turn leads to emotional resliance and the ability to form trusting relationships throughout the childs lifetime. The Royal's perinatal mental health team relies on donations to help grow and treat more women.
RIDING FOR THE ROYAL
Mike and Jayne Blackwell are harnessing the grief they feel for their premature son Joe who passed away earlier this year to make a difference for other families. The 24 Hour Spinathon is aiming to raise over $50,000 for the equipment in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit.
The aim is for up to 200 riders to clock up 10,000km between them during the 24 hour event. Despite the seriousness of the cause, the atmosphere will be fun, with movies, fancy dress, DJs, and a pizza delivery for the teams of cyclists. You can help the Blackwells honour baby Joe and fundraise for the NICU by sponsoring one of the spinners!
ENDOMETRIOSIS SURGERY 10 YEARS ON
Endometriosis affects ten per cent of Australian women. The disease causes agonising pelvic pain as a result of pieces of tissue that normally line the uterus growing instead on the ovaries, intestines and fallopian tubes. Being affected by Endometriosis means the tissue thickens and bleeds, even though it is outside the uterus, and causes years of intense pain as well as an excessively heavy menstrual cycles. In some cases it causes infertility.
Erica Trinder endured years of debilitating pain caused by endometriosis before having life-changing surgery at The Royal Hospital for Women in Randwick.
The Royal Hospital for Women is an international leader in endometriosis, led by the highly regarded Professor Jason Abbott. Let us know if you want to be kept up to date with the latest Endometriosis news as it happens.
BRINGING CHEER TO ONCOLOGY PATIENTS
In the chemotherapy unit of The Royal Hospital for Women, Thursdays have become known as “Mac day”. That’s the day that Mac, a Delta Society Therapy dog funded by The Royal Hospital for Women Foundation, makes his rounds, cheering up patients.
In 2017 Mayleen Habib and her Husband Chris became fundraisers for The Royal when their twin sons, Nicolas and Adrian, were born at 25 weeks due to twin to twin transfusion syndrome. Sadly, Nicolas lost his battle and passed away after 8 days. Adrian continued his fight in the NICU for over 100 days.
Two years on, Chris Bradford, who has worked with Mayleen for a number of years, ran a 42 km marathon to honour Nicolas and Adrian and raise funds for the NICU. Nicolas and Adrian's page is now at over $8,000. Chris and the Habib Family are aiming to fundraise $28,000 to enable the purchase of a therapeutic hypothermia system for the unit.
We value our community fundraisers. If you have a fundraising idea you would like to bring to life, would like to setup a fundraising page or run to honour the work of The Royal, please get in touch. Every fundraiser makes a difference to The Royal no matter how small or large.