By Kristin Schultz
NISKAYUNA — New parents have many things to worry about — feeding, sleeping, is the baby too hot or too cold, and introducing the new baby to old pets. Now, through a partnership between Ellis Medicine and Albany-based accounting firm UHY LLP, some families won’t have to fret about getting their tiny bundles of joy home safely.
On March 17, UHY LLP presented The Foundation for Ellis Medicine a check for $2,500, which was used to purchase 33 Graco Snugride infant car seats as part of the new Bringing Home Baby initiative at Bellevue Woman’s Center. The initiative provides car seats to certain families based on nurse and staff assessment of need. The seats will also be available for parents of babies born prematurely and may not have been totally prepared.
“This is about safety and about care,” said Ellis Medicine President and CEO Paul Milton. “We want to thank UHY. We’re so pleased to have partners like them.”
The seed for the Bringing Home Baby initiative was planted about a year ago, according to Howard Foote, the UHY office managing partner for the Capital Region. Foote said he is pleased to be a part of the initiative and feels a close connection with the community and Bellevue.
“We saw this as an opportunity to help by being a part of the compassionate and professional environment [at Bellevue Woman’s Center],” said Foote who noted that his own wife as well as his two children were born at the center.
The first recipient of a Bringing Home Baby car seat was Giana Mazzotta and Steve Badala and their baby, Ruxin. When Mazzotta went into labor two-and-a-half weeks before her due date in the middle of the March 14 snowstorm, the pair drove a harrowing 45 minutes from Troy to Bellevue in Niskayuna. Once they arrived, Mazzotta had a “perfect experience” and on Wednesday, March 15, Ruxin was born weighing in at 7 pounds, 5 ounces.
“We just want to thank everyone,” said Mazzotta. “We’ve had an amazing experience and it’s great to know we can get Ruxin home safely in this car seat.”
The grateful new family headed home to Troy on St. Patrick’s Day with plans to introduce little Ruxin to their “fur babies” at home.
“Ellis provides compassionate care for generation after generation,” said Foote during the presentation. “We are proud to be a part of protecting that next generation.”
According to the manufacturer’s product information, the car seats are designed to be rear-facing — the safest way for young babies to ride in a car — and will accommodate the babies until they weigh up to 35 pounds and are 32 inches long.
Bellevue Woman’s Center had five babies delivered during the storm.