The Fort St. John Hospital Foundation is hoping to raise money it needs for a new wireless fetal heart monitor.
After a 12-hour day posted up at a booth in Safeway, executive director Ashley Bentley said they raised just over $14,000 of their $25,000 goal.
The heart monitor costs $36,000, and they’ll continue raising money at their next event, a poker tournament, being held at Chances Casino on March 21.
According to Bentley, this would be the hospital’s eighth wireless monitor.
“The hospital currently has wired ones which means the mom is stuck in bed, she can’t get out of bed because it connects onto her stomach and then it’s wired to the machine,” she said.
“The one we’re hoping to purchase is wireless, so she can get up, walk around the room, walk around the hallways. They’re also waterproof so she can go into the tub as well during the labour process.
"It’s all about making moms more comfortable,” she added.
A total of 659 babies were born in the birthing centre in 2014, said Jill Earl, a public relations representative for the foundation.
“That’s a very busy birthing centre,” she said.