Once again, working with Future Steps Occupational Therapy, we run a dedicated nurture and attunement service.
Supporting the relationships between parents or carers, and baby is incredibly important to our team.
We are working with two specialised attachment and trauma therapists who work alongside families to nurture that incredibly special relationship after a neonatal stay.
So often, parents find it very hard to have as much time as they’d like with their baby due to equipment, such as incubators, ventilators etc. We know first-hand how hard it can be to bond not only in the neonatal unit, but once families are home too.
Parents or carers can often feel:
• Over medicalised and feel like their baby is a patient
• Struggling to find the right ways to play with their baby or child to aid development after a neonatal stay
• If restricted visiting is in place, parents or carers can often feel like there is no, or very little bond with their baby
• Birth trauma, trauma from the neonatal stay, trauma from repeated admissions to hospital or PICU (paediatric intensive care unit), or bereavement of the loss of a multiple can lead to parents or carers struggling to bond
When parents express these normal feelings to our team, we ensure they are given the correct support through our nurture and attunement work.