How can I get involved with my baby's care?
We recognise that a lot of parents want to do as much of the
care for their baby as they can. The nurses looking after
your baby for you will show you how to comfort and care for your
baby. It is understandable that you might feel anxious about
handling your baby, but the nurses will give you as much help and
support as you need to feel confident and comfortable.
Your baby will benefit from closeness with you, hearing your
voice and learning how you touch them and how you smell. We suggest
that you wear light clothing when you visit, as all the rooms are
very warm. When your baby is well enough, you will be able to
hold your baby and have skin to skin contact - even if your baby is
still on the ventilator. The nurses will be able to tell you
if your baby is stable enough and will give you the help that you
The nursing staff will talk you through the Family Care Plan,
which is a joint plan between yourselves and the staff to help you
be as involved as possible in your baby's care.
They will also give you a copy of the 'Small Wonders' DVD.
The films aim to increase families' awareness of the benefits of
breast milk for babies and of parents having skin-to-skin contact
with their babies. They also contain expert advice and 'show
how' examples of these practices, to build parents' confidence to
be at the centre of their baby's care, for example by changing
their baby's nappy.
The DVD is also a resource for healthcare professionals to use
to support and enhance hospital practice.