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Premature baby units should be family friendly

12th August 2009

Baby charity Bliss and the National Childbirth Trust says that neonatal units looking after premature babies need to be redesigned to put parents at the heart of care.

They fear that parents' needs are being overlooked as the medical needs of the babies are the main priority for staff. The charities are asking health professionals to put themselves “in the shoes” of parents and also introduce more family-friendly facilities, like designated rooms on units for parents or play areas for siblings.

 

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angela pennington

Saturday 7th November 2009 @ 9:47

i was at the local hospital from feb 09 to april 09 within neonatal unit....they moved wards and all equipnment was locked away so i had to buy my own equipment..the breastfeeding room was along a corridor away from neonatal ward...no where to put coats or bags..not enough chairs...no privacy when baby extremely ill....no counselling at hospital...settee in breastfeeding room was broken...no advice on starting to breastfeed...i was harrassed to bring my milk on ....it was the other mothers that said i cant rush my body..no nurse said that......people watched me whilst i cried over my daughter no privacy....lack of staff....doctors gave me too much info i couldnt take in......i was lonely.....tired......and at the end my baby died.......


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