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[p]The countdown is on and my training programme has started. On the 16th June 2019, I'll be running 15k and navigating 'Gladiators' style obstacles to raise money for BABA (Birth and Baby Appeal) and specifically for the Neonatal Unit at Royal Cornwall Hospital Treliske, where I have worked as a Staff Nurse for the last four years.[/p][p][br][/p][p]So, what can I tell you about the Neonatal Unit and its very special occupants that will encourage you to donate to my fundraiser?[/p][p][br][/p][p]So, let's start with the facts. The unit has spaces for up to 22 babies. We care for the clinical needs of our patients but we also provide a holistic model of care by imparting knowledge, teaching skills to parents and carers, by listening and caring for emotional needs, and by offering comfort and sources of outside support after discharge. [/p][p][br][/p][p]Usually when I tell people that I am a Neonatal Nurse they reply with 'your job must be so sad' or 'what an amazing job, you must get to cuddle babies all day'. To be honest, there is an grain of truth to that, but the reality is that mostly I am inspired and incredibly grateful that I have a role that gives me the chance to make a difference in someone's life at a time when they are lost and frightened. We do get to cuddle babies, but our focus is on empowerment, encouraging the building of relationships and bonding, and encouraging parents to feel confidence in caring for their child and making informed decisions.[/p][p][br][/p][p]Our unit is able to care for babies from 26 weeks gestation, depending on their clinical needs. The reasons that babies are admitted to the unit can vary - for example, extreme or moderate prematurity, jaundice, drug withdrawal, cardiac defects, hypoglycaemia, and sepsis - to name just a few. [/p][p][br][/p][p]The latter issue is one that is very close to my own heart as a mother, as my youngest child and I spent just shy of three weeks in Treliske with postnatal meningitis and sepsis. I had hoped that a short admission with my eldest would've been the most of my experience of life on the other side as a parent on the Neonatal Unit, but instead I watched as my colleagues cared for my son with amazing skill and compassion, and then I was cared for by the wonderful midwifery team as I also became unwell with meningitis and sepsis and moved to High Dependency care. The entire multidisciplinary team has a special place in my heart.[/p][p][br][/p][p]There are a few things that the unit needs. We are always seeking to improve our in house simulations. A specialist doll that replicates vital signs and allows us to practise specialist clinical procedures costs £3,500. Whilst I'm aware that this is a massive amount of money to raise, I'd love to raise it or at least a substantial amount towards the doll as it will be a fantastic resource for the unit.[/p][p][br][/p][p]If anyone would like to run with me, please contact me for the team name, password and further details. You don't need to run the full 15k if you'd like to join me - there are 5k and 10k races so we could run a short way together and have some fun with the obstacles! Any support and people to run alongside would be welcomed, or rather cheekily, perhaps you could donate your entry fee if you'd rather watch from the comfort of Facebook Live! [/p]