SHE WAS BORN WITH A RARE GENETIC DISORDER THAT EFFECTED THE DEVELOPMENT OF HER LUNGS. THERE WERE 911 CALLS, FIRE TRUCKS, TWO AMBULANCES, EVERY SINGLE DOCTOR AND NURSE AVAILABLE IN THE ER AND SO MANY OTHER QUALIFIED PEOPLE THAT WORKED SO HARD TO KEEP OUR BEAUTIFUL GIRL ALIVE BUT THERE WAS NOTHING THAT COULD HAVE BEEN DONE. THIS WAS SOMETHING THAT HAPPENED AT CONCEPTION AND EVEN IF IT WAS DETECTED DURING THE ULTRASOUNDS, THERE’S STILL NOTHING WE COULD HAVE DONE TO HELP HER. SHE DIED IN THE EARLY MORNING ON THE 2ND OF AUGUST, SNUGGLED IN MY ARMS.
1,000 Ounces of Breastmilk Collected,18 Donors Screened
Our October 12th Donor Milk Drive was a great success. We got the word out across the county and lots of people came to Sierra Vista to become donors, volunteer their time, drop off food or gifts, and just say hi. A big thank you to Pauline Sakamoto, Executive Director, San Jose Mother's Milk Bank. We'd also like to thank our sponsors who supported this annual community event. Mark your calendar for our October 2017 Milk Drive at French Hospital.
KSBY did a great clip on the event, check it out here.
Some Central Coast mothers are making a lifesaving difference for premature babies across California and the country.
Alyssa Quesada's little boy is happy and healthy, but she knows it isn't this easy for everyone.
"We personally had a micro-preemie in the family and seeing the struggle they went through and now learning that I can donate milk for that very same reason just feels like the right thing to do," she said.
Quesada is newly screened to donate her leftover breast milk to the San Jose-based Mothers' Milk Bank, a process that involves a quick questionnaire and blood test.
"We're looking for moms that can donate milk to us, not just today, but throughout the year and to tell families that if they need milk, they can always call the Milk Bank in San Jose," said Pauline Sakamoto, Executive Director of San Jose Mothers' Milk Bank.
Mom Melissa George donated more than 300 ounces of her milk Wednesday at a milk donation drive at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, hosted by the Central Coast Breastfeeding Coalition.
"I ended up having more in the freezer than I was able to get through before it would essentially go bad for my own children, so I wanted to pass it along to people who could use it," she said.
Sakamoto says George's milk, along with the donations from 17 other women at Wednesday's drive, will go to struggling babies in California and 12 other states across the nation.
One-thousand ounces of breastmilk were collected at the event, but the Milk Bank says it needs to collect even more milk ahead of the holidays when moms often get too busy to donate.
CCBC 2nd Annual Breastmilk Drive in Support of the San Jose Mother's Milk Bank
October 12th, 9:30-2:30
Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center
LEARN ABOUT BREAST MILK DONATION
GET SCREENED TO BE A DONOR
DONATE YOUR PROPERLY STORED FROZEN MILK
MEET LACTATION CONSULTANTS AND GET INFORMATION ABOUT LOCAL COMMUNITY RESOURCES
ENJOY LIGHT REFRESHMENTS
THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. CHILDREN WELCOME.
CELEBRATING WHO WE ARE
Monday, April 11th at 5:30pm
Sierra Vista Regional Hospital Auditorium
1010 Murray Ave., San Luis Obispo
Bringing a diverse group together to accomplish a shared mission is a noble, and sometimes challenging, endeavor. Learn from collaboration specialist, Delia Horwitz, as she gives us some advanced tips for continuing to work together in successful ways.
When a baby is born extremely premature, a mother sometimes does not produce enough breast milk for the baby. Donated breast milk can provide important protection for these fragile babies and help prevent a potentially fatal condition called necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC).
the Central Coast Breastfeeding Coalition and Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, in support of the San Jose Mother's Milk Bank, are hosting a Milk drive. We invite you to support the tiniest NICU patients. Donors and their families are invited to stop by the Auditorium at Sierra Vista from 9:30am-2:30pm to:
LEARN ABOUT BREAST MILK DONATION.
GET SCREENED TO BE A DONOR.
DONATE YOUR properly stored FROZEN MILK.
Meet lactation consultants and get information about local community resources.
enjoy light refreshments, raffle prizes, and more.
Snack, drinks and raffle prizes will be provided compliments of the Central Coast Breastfeeding Coalition. This event is free and open to the public. Children Welcome.
Wednesday, October 14th, 2015 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, Auditorium
1010 Murray Avenue, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
Snacks. Drinks. Raffle Prizes.