Support our littlest patients during Newborn November...

Newborn November, help unwell newborn babies from your community.

Give back every time you shop at Costco Majura Park this November...

All this month, every time you shop at COSTCO Majura Park you can buy a Newborn November token. You will help support the delivery of exceptional care for our littlest patients. Dedicate it to a baby you love.

The Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery (NICU) and Special Care Nursery at the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children provide care for babies that need extra attention after birth.

Your generosity supports babies in the NICU or SCN receiving treatment for preterm birth, low birth weight, breathing difficulties, low blood sugar levels, infection, birth trauma and some congenital abnormalities.

Your donation will support the purchase of

  • new and innovative medical equipment
  • clinical research
  • transformation of away-from-bed spaces
  • music therapy
  • comfort items

Non-Member Shopping Days November 2022

Canberra Hospital Foundation shopping days at COSTCO Majura Park help support Newborn November. Funds raised go to Canberra Hospital Foundation's support of the Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery (NICU) and Special Care Nursery (SCN) at the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children.

Non-members can shop at COSTCO Majura Park for the day for $5 and a completed coupon on:
  • 10th November
  • 24th November


Download and print your coupon, or pick up your coupon in store at Costco Majura park.

Terms & Conditions:

Valid for use on 10/11/2022 and 24/11/2022 only. Visitor must be present at the warehouse and make a $5 donation before commencing shopping. To redeem, visitor must fill out all requested details on the slip and present to the operator at the time of purchase. Use of personal information is subject to policies outlined in Costco Privacy Statement, which can be found on www.costco.com.au

Newborn November is from 1-30 November only at COSTCO Majura Park.

Thanks to generous community support during Newborn November, the Birthing Unit at Centenary Hospital for Women, Youth and Children were able to purchase a breast milk fridge and freezer unit.

"People presenting for labour and birth are encouraged to express breast milk from 36 weeks of pregnancy. They are provided with equipment to collect and store the colostrum for giving to their baby in the first early days following birth. They are encouraged to bring this expressed breast milk to hospital where we store until required.

This is optimal to promote breastfeeding, support the establishment of lactation and assist with the immunological benefits in the newborn. It is important to provide appropriately stored expressed breast milk to unwell newborns in the NICU/SCN who are unable to suckle.

We provide care to sick and preterm neonates from 24 weeks gestation from ACT and the surrounding region. Access to expressed breast milk for these babies is essential in promoting gut development, gut health and immunological protective factors. Expressed breast milk is also used for mouth care in babies who are unable to feed to provide immunological support to sick neonates.

This purchase enables us to continue to be compliant with clinical guidelines and Baby Friendly Health Initiative requirements for storage of breast milk, and to be supportive of the breastfeeding journey of people accessing our services."

The Operating Theatres at Canberra Hospital can see the benefits of investing in a 'Baby Cam' for patients who are giving birthing by Caesarian Section, thanks to generous community support during Newborn November.

It is a camera that is mounted on the baby cot in Operating Theatres, which connects to screens within the theatre room, allowing the patient and their support person to visualise the baby during those first moments.

"When patients undergoing a Caesarean Section deliver the baby, the baby is initially taken to the baby cot. During this time the baby is checked, and the birth support person is brought to cut the cord. During this process, the mother has no contact with the baby and that time can extend itself for up to 10 minutes," says VMO Anaesthetist, Dr Kuruvilla, who identified the benefits of this specialty equipment.

"With Baby Cam, the mother can visualise and take part in that initiaI process to allow her to feel engaged with the baby. Additionally, if the baby requires resuscitation it gives the mother the ability to visualise what is occurring, ask questions and get reassurance instead of waiting in dreaded silence to find out how the baby is doing.

This specialty equipment and its use in theatre will support the patient's hospital experience and potentially relieve suffering and distress."

A series of reflective and gentle artworks are displayed in the 'Quiet Room' and corridors of the Fetal Medicine Unit (FMU) at Centenary Hospital for Women and Children, thanks to generous community support for Newborn November.

These 'healing landscape' themed artworks, which include "Full and Flowing, Bega River" 2021 (as shown), by Annie Franklin, were chosen to support the experience of difficult conversations and bring the benefits of the Arts in Health program to those facing challenging times.

They also create a sense of place and build on existing works by Annie Franklin on display in the FMU waiting room.

Annie Franklin is from the South Coast. Her work is found in the National Gallery, the Canberra Museum and Gallery, and other institutional and private collections.