Congratulations on the birth of your very special baby/babies who have been admitted to our specialist unit, either because of prematurity or illness.
When your baby is admitted to the Neonatal Unit, his/her condition will be assessed and any necessary medical action taken. If you are unable to see your baby/babies immediately Born Too Soon will provide a digital photograph, which will be taken and given to you and put in a special card. This first photograph is very precious. The equipment will seem strange and frightening. Please remember that the equipment is there for the staff to monitor and care for your baby. You will be kept informed of the progress of your baby, but please do not be afraid to ask questions. It is a good idea to have a small notebook in which you can write down questions as you think of them, so that you can then make sure when the Paediatrician/Consultant is available you have them to hand.
The majority of equipment on the unit has been purchased by Born Too Soon. This has only been made possible with the help of charitable donations. Pauline Woods is on the Unit on a daily basis and is there to listen to any concerns you may have and to help make your time on the Unit a little bit easier. We also have our Matron Jill Hodgkinson who is also on the unit from Monday to Friday. Please do not hesitate to ask the nurse caring for your baby if you wish to speak to somebody about any worries or concerns you may have.