FOR Huntingdonshire's multitude of parents eagerly expecting the arrival of a new baby, most can rest assured their son or daughter will come into the world as planned. But for some families there is always an outside chance they will face the news that every parent dreads to hear - that their baby will be born premature. This is why we are asking you to support The Hunt Post's New Life Appeal to raise more than £70,000 on behalf of the maternity unit and the special care baby unit at Hinchingbrooke Hospital. We want your help to buy the special care baby unit (SCBU) brand new equipment so the nurses can care for its tiny and fragile patients, and provide better facilities for expectant parents in the maternity unit. This money will make an enormous difference to the lives of families across Huntingdonshire and South Cambridgeshire. Each year about 2,500 babies are born at Hinchingbrooke's maternity unit, and about 10 per cent of these are then transferred to the special care baby unit where they receive specialist care. Some will have been born prematurely while others are ill or have suffered complications during the birth. Between them, the two units are responsible for bringing the vast majority of the area's children into the world. The £70,000 will be split between the two units. Maternity wants to use £35,000 to provide an en suite bedroom for expectant parents. A place both the mother and father can stay, away from the ward. The special care baby unit wants to use the money to purchase new equipment, updating some of the machines that have been used in the unit for years. The wish list includes new incubators, breathing monitors and breathing machines - essential kit when looking after sick babies.