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Information for Parents and Carers; including COVID-19

Information for Parents and Carers; including COVID-19

The effects of COVID-19 are being felt all over the world, and the neonatal community is no exception. Bliss is keeping up yo date with the latest evidence and guidance in response to the Covid-19 outbreak, and we’ve already produced new information specifically for parents of babies born premature or sick.

Bliss, Statement Parental access and involvement during Coivd-19

NHSE/I have published two postnatal leaflets on 8th April 2020 please follow the links Illness on newborn babies and Coronavirus: Parent Information for newborn babies.

VCreate – Taking care of yourself during Covid-19, please watch this video ‘guide for parents with babies in neonatal units

Bliss  – Our vision is that every baby born premature or sick in the UK has the best chance of survival and quality of life.  https://www.bliss.org.uk/

best beginnings – Small Wonders are 12 bite-size films following families and their journey in neo-natal units. https://www.bestbeginnings.org.uk/small-wonders

Unicef – Valuing parents as partners in the care of their baby is at the core of the Baby Friendly Initiative neonatal standards  https://www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly/parents-as-partners-in-care/

Medicines for Children – Practical and reliable advice about giving medicine to your child. https://www.medicinesforchildren.org.uk/

Peeps – Peeps is a charity that provides support to parents, families and friends of those affected by HIE (Hypoxic-Ischaemic Encephalopathy). www.peeps-hie.org 

Sands – Sands is the stillbirth and neonatal death charity. We work to reduce the number of babies dying and to improve care and support for anyone affected by the death of a baby https://www.sands.org.uk/

Contact for families with disabled children – For every shape and size of family, whatever they need and whatever their child’s disability, we’re here. https://contact.org.uk/

Healthier together – The Healthier Together programme relies upon patients and healthcare professionals working together to improve how local healthcare is delivered. https://what0-18.nhs.uk/

A stay in Neonatal Care, an animated guide – The NICU Foundation and The South West Neonatal Network have created this animation to support new parents who find themselves in the unfamiliar environment of a NICU. The animation focuses on the role of parents in the NICU and what they can expect. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARYFMnXhmLw&t=1s

For Dads – Being a new dad can be a difficult thing to come to terms with. However, being the parent of a child in neonatal care potentially brings even more complex emotions and problems, as well as a wealth of complex information to digest.

DadPad – https://thedadpad.co.uk/neonatal/

Five top tips for DadsVCreate give 5 tips to help support Dads through the neonatal journey

For EmployersThe Smallest Things registered charity promote the good health of premature babies and their families. Their Employer With Heart Charter asks employers to support parents of premature babies. You can download their Employer with Heart guidance pack here

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