We believe that every parent who endures a premature or traumatic birth and an admission to the neonatal unit deserves care and support.
We know the neonatal journey doesn’t end when you walk out of those double doors. Some will have the devastation of leaving the unit without their baby to take home; others may have to spend months on the NICU. Regardless of the outcome, we’ll be there.
We’ll be there if you need us during your pregnancy, we’ll be there on your neonatal unit journey, and we’ll be there for the months and years to come afterwards. We know having a sick or premature baby doesn’t just begin when you walk on to the neonatal unit, nor does it end when you go home. It’s much bigger, which is why Leo’s was set up to care for those who walk this journey.
We have one clear mission, and that is to support and care as much as we can, and to innovate and create new care pathways.
Experienced, High Quality Care: We have a board of dedicated parents, psychotherapists, consultants, nurses, midwives and more. Our lived experience of neonatal life feeds into every decision we make. As an organisation we are part of EFCNI and attend national conferences, constantly keeping ourselves apprised of the current neonatal landscape.
Raise awareness: In the North East alone, more than 3,000 babies a year needed specialist neonatal care. Nationally, 1 in 7 babies spends time on a neonatal unit. We aim to raise awareness of prematurity, term babies needing NICU care, the effects of a neonatal stay on mental health and much more by creating dedicated and engaging campaigns. We founded Neonatal Mental Health Awareness Week and will continue to fight for dedicated, funded mental health support for the entire neonatal family.
Grow our reputation as a trusted voice: Leo’s combines parents with passionate clinicians to allow us to work together to improve outcomes. We promise to be a voice for families and staff who are on the neonatal journey, taking experiences to build a better future. We will actively campaign with MPs, other neonatal charities and hospital trusts to improve care for our families. We work closely with the Northern Neonatal Network, Perinatal Mental Health Network, Local Maternity Services and Maternity Voices Partnership, leading relevant conversations and effecting positive change.
Always family centred: We are passionate that care within and beyond neonatal units should have the family at the centre, so our internal processes will reflect that. Parents sit on our board of trustees, lead our organisation and are our key stakeholders. At every turn, we commit to involving parent voices at every level of our organisation and in every project we undertake.