River Heads mum Jodie Tangikara raised funds for a cuddle cot for parents who lose a baby at Hervey Bay Hospital and now she is raising funds for the maternity ward’s special care nursery.
River Heads mum Jodie Tangikara raised funds for a cuddle cot for parents who lose a baby at Hervey Bay Hospital and now she is raising funds for the maternity ward’s special care nursery. Valerie Horton

Jodie’s a mum on a mission after loss of her beloved son

JODIE Tangikara is a woman on a mission - and everything she does is in memory of the cherished son she lost.

The River Heads mother is raising funds for the special care nursery of Hervey Bay Hospital's maternity ward through an online auction.

Ms Tangikara is hoping to raise enough money to buy two machines that will help doctors and nurses diagnose jaundice in babies without the need for a heel prick test.

Instead only a swab from the babies' skin will be needed, a process which is far less invasive, Jodie said.

The result of the tests will also inform medical professionals about the severity of the jaundice.

Jodie got a glimpse inside the special care unit after the birth of her son, Kaiden, last July.

Fighting infection, Kaiden had to be treated with antibiotics after his birth and Jodie admired the treatment he received from caring staff at the hospital.

The next step in her mission comes after she fought for commemorative birth certificates for mums who had lost babies before 20 weeks, which was the length of gestation a mum had to reach before her baby would be officially recognised.

Ms Tangikara was fighting for parents who were left in the same position she was after her son Marcus died at 19 weeks and five days' gestation.

She also raised funds for a cuddle cot for the maternity ward, which is a cooling cot that allows parents to keep their baby who has died with them for longer.

Ms Tangikara said she was hoping to hold a ball in Hervey Bay in July and all funds raised would also be going to the special care unit.

"It keeps me busy," she said of her fundraising efforts.

Businesses can still donate items for the auction.

To bid on an item, seach for Hervey Bay Special Care Nursery/Maternity Fundraising on Facebook.

The auction wills tart on February 28.