Which NICU are you based in? Exeter Neonatal Unit
In our neonatal unit, parents are invited to be with their baby 24/7.
They are accommodated within the unit in one of our parents bedrooms or next their baby on a camp bed.
Parents often report that leaving their baby is not good for their mental health. Now, many of the babies on the unit are never without a parent present caring for them or advocating for them.
This means parents can now offer comfort during any procedure, providing care and being a true partner in care.
They love being able to sleep next their baby. There is no pressure to do so but offered as a choice. As a result there is more skin to skin, more practicing at the breast and less anxiety at discharge as they simply ‘know’ their babies.