What to expect booklet
Going through a neonatal journey can be a stressful experience.
You may feel overwhelmed, lost, exhausted and emotionally drained after your baby has arrived, in circumstances which are often so far from those described in the pregnancy and birth books you may have read while you or your partner were pregnant.
With this in mind, The Neonatal Trust has published a booklet titled “What to expect when it wasn’t what you expected” full of really useful survival tips from people who have been on a neonatal journey. It includes what to expect on your arrival in the unit, what you can do for your baby while you are in the unit and what happens when you finally get to go home.
We aim to give a copy of this book to everyone who enters a neonatal unit. With our support at different levels of maturity in different locations, and also with access available on phones and computers, we have also developed shorter specifically focused resources. A number of examples of the support and education material we’ve created with the help of graduate parents of a NICU and/or SCBU are:
- Reading to your Baby, provided to encourage a practise that helps both parents and the baby
- Kangaroo Cuddles is great for both bonding and development
- It’s important to be conscious of Your Emotions
- Written by Dads who have been there, here are some Tips for Dads
- The Benefits of Knitting document, used to encourage volunteer knitters that support with wonderful knitted boottees, beanies and blankets
In addition to the support documents above, we help support families in a variety of different ways. To view a number of other examples of our support, head to this Facebook gallery. The support we provide for families is delivered in a number of different ways, all aimed at “making a difficult start to life that little bit easier”. We are extremely grateful to our Partners, Supporters and Donators for their help that makes this support happen!