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Jazzy Jewels Donates New Baby Clothes to Women’s Health Services at Beebe Healthcare


We all know that newborn babies arrive home and need a seemingly endless amount of supplies. Clothing is at the top of the list, especially since babies grow so quickly and need to be changed so often.

To support moms who may not have the means to buy the abundance of clothing necessary, Jazzy Jewels, a women’s group in Sussex County, donated an infant swing and bags of new clothing for new moms at Beebe Healthcare.

Jazzy Jewels members presented the clothing at their “baby shower” annual luncheon to Bridget Buckaloo, MSN, RNC-OB, Executive Director of Women’s Health Services. The presentation marked the third year in a row that the women have donated clothing and other items to babies at Beebe Healthcare.

“Thank you so much for your generosity,” Ms. Buckaloo told the group of women. “So many of our babies today are born to parents that do not have the resources or support that they need. The saying ‘It takes a village to raise a child’ is so true. And, you have shown that you are very much part of that village.”

One gift that has particular benefit to Beebe babies is an infant swing that gently moves from side to side and plays soft music. “This gift is for our NAS babies,” Ms. Buckaloo said. “The swing will help provide soothing comfort to these special babies. We are so thrilled and excited to have this swing. The generosity of these special ladies goes a long way to help us provide special care.”

The Jazzy Jewels is a chapter of The Red Hat Society. Members meet each month for lunch at various locations around Sussex County. Members in the group are from Milton, Georgetown, Lewes, Seaford, Long Neck, Laurel, Millsboro and Rehoboth Beach.

“We know that so many families in Sussex County need help and we want to provide that help and support when we can,” said member Pat Sandy, who has supported Beebe Healthcare for many years as a member of the Beebe Auxiliary.

The Labor and Delivery unit at Beebe, which is part of Women’s Health Services, offers attractively decorated maternity suites where mothers can have privacy and where they can share in the wonder and excitement of childbirth with their families. These family-centered birthing suites house some of the latest technology to care for newborn babies. The Department also includes a team of neonatal nurse practitioners, nurses, lactation specialists and other medical professionals who work closely with the obstetricians, pediatricians and midwives to care for the mothers and their babies.

In 2013, Beebe Healthcare was the first hospital in the state of Delaware to receive the designation as a Baby-Friendly™ Hospital, reflecting its commitment to the optimal level of care for infant feeding and mother-and-infant bonding. The designation was launched as part of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) in 1991 by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Caption: Left side: Pat Sandy,Queen of The Jazzy Jewels, Deborah Treicis, Elaine Lynch Margaret Alexander, Shirley Hudak, Bridget Buckaloo, executive director of Women’s Health at Beebe Healthcare; center: Kay Burgee right side front: Barbara Harsch, Carole Kitchenman, Joan Knapp, Barbara Seth, Joyce Adams

Beebe Healthcare is a not-for-profit community healthcare system with a charitable mission to encourage healthy living, prevent illness, and restore optimal health for the people residing, working, or visiting in the communities we serve. It offers services throughout Southern Delaware including a 210-licensed-bed hospital, a cancer center, and outpatient facilities at multiple sites providing walk-in care, lab, imaging, and physical rehab services. For more information, please visit us online at Beebe Healthcare.