Around 300 premature and sick babies are cared for each year at the Winnicott Baby Unit at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington. The Winnicott Foundation wants to provide six en-suite parent bedrooms next to the neonatal unit so that more parents can stay near to their babies.
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They desperately need more rooms so more parents can stay before going home and when babies have difficult times and you want to be close to them
The thought of giving up the security of having nurses and doctors around him 24/7 was petrifying
We had the opportunity to move into one of the parents’ room’ and we spent two days looking after our boy ourselves but with the team 1 minute away
There is a need to provide more bedrooms for neonatal parents babies do better when their parents are with them and currently only 2 families can stay near to the unit. Parents need to stay with their babies in the rooms before going home, to have a bedroom near to their unit when their baby is very sick, when establishing feeding at night, when transferred from another hospital and after discharge from maternity. Too many parents have to wait: this can affect bonding, lactation and discharge.
The creation of 6 ensuite bedrooms next to the neonatal unit will allow more parents to stay near to the unit and with their babies. Mothers can feed their babies through the night sooner and parents can stay with their babies in the room, as soon as they are ready for home, so babies do not need to spend longer in hospital than is necessary. After birth, parents can stay near to their baby, improving bonding and lactation. When a baby is very sick, parents will be near.
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