Paying It Forward with a New NICU View
Since birth, Hubbard “Hub” Galbraith has known what it means to live and breathe every day as a person with a disability. While he says his disability has made him a stronger person, it has also made him a passionate advocate and philanthropist who supports prenatal care and prematurely born infants.
Under the auspices of The Anne L. and George H. Clapp Charitable & Educational Trust founded by his Great Grandfather George Hubbard Clapp, Galbraith has provided generous funding for Cone Health’s new NICVIEW web camera system. This secure streaming video service for families with newborns in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) brings the latest technology to the new Cone Health Women’s & Children’s Center at Moses Cone Hospital where Women’s Hospital is being relocated in February 2020.
Hub Galbraith as a baby
Born in the 1960s to a young mom, Galbraith arrived prematurely at 27 weeks gestation weighing only 3 ½ pounds. As a result of a medication exposure, he was born with a bilateral club foot and hand. Unable to care for him, his birth mother gave him up for adoption. Galbraith considers himself fortunate to have been adopted by parents who loved him and who were able to care for his needs.
“While the pain I walk with every day is with me forever, I can’t take anything for granted. Blessed by my birth mother and adoptive parents, who could afford my surgeries, I am striving to pay it forward,” shares Galbraith, who has endured a dozen surgeries since birth. “I sometimes assume everyone is doing something to help others, but often, they are not.”
While Galbraith has supported other Women’s Hospital initiatives, including special NICU beds and blankets and breastfeeding programs, he believes NICVIEW will be a huge asset in the new state-of-the-art facility. Having a newborn in the NICU for days, weeks or even months can be stressful on families, who must balance time with their newborn along with work and home demands. By being able to watch their NICU newborn remotely, families can monitor their child’s daily progress and continue to develop strong bonds even when they cannot be at the bedside.
“We need to do all we can prenatally, but if a baby is born prematurely, we must fight the good fight to make their lives as smooth as possible,” believes Galbraith. “Prematurity can have lifelong consequences, including the risk for developing hypertension as an adult, which impacts the entire family and everyone in the community.”
“We need to do everything we can to support prenatal care and premature babies, especially as part of this wonderful new hospital we will have in our community,” Galbraith concludes. “Everyone deserves to have a chance.”