Premature and sick babies - how Bliss can help
We understand how distressing it can be when a baby is admitted to a neonatal unit. This section explores some of the reasons why this has happened and helps guide you to the support you can receive.
In: 'You & your baby'
Neonatal units in hospitals specialise in the care of babies born early, with low weight or who have a medical condition requiring treatment. Find out more about the different types of units and what they offer.
In: 'About neonatal care'
Establishing feeding with your new baby can be challenging. This section explores the different methods and support available to help give your baby the best start.
Life on a neonatal unit can seem like another world - with different levels of care, strange equipment and medical terminology. Here is a list of common words that will help you navigate your way.
In: 'Common medical terms'
Children grow at their own pace, but some parents may become concerned with their development. In this section you can explore some of the issues that may affect children who were born premature or sick.
In: 'Your child's development'
Call our Helpline on 0500 618140, tell us your name, telephone number and what language you speak, and we will call you back with appropriate advice and support.
In: 'Help in other languages'
Need to talk to someone? Call the Bliss Family Support Helpline on 0500 618140 to speak to one of our qualified...
Bliss local Family Groups, Buddies and Champions provide UK-wide help and support to the families of premature and...
Need more information? Bliss produces a wide range of booklets and factsheets, to order or download, explaining...
Bliss is pleased to be able to offer opportunities for you to get involved and make a difference by volunteering your time on the Bliss helpline. Who can be a Bliss helpline volunteer? Our volunteers are usually...
"Discovering Bliss not only helped me find a cause I was passionate about, it also made me feel incredibly comforted and supported in knowing that other people have experienced similar situations and that my feelings are shared by others."
"I remember the Bliss leaflet we received, which was a guide for parents of premature babies. It was informative and also reassuring - two vital ingredients which kept me sane during that very bleak time. Thank you Bliss! "
"We are also close to many of the families we met in the neonatal unit. Clare and I are lucky to have met such good people and have formed friendships that will stand the test of time."
"I don't know what gave me the strength to get through those days, but I felt if Emily was fighting, I must too."
"Camille’s waters broke when she was 29 weeks pregnant. She was rushed to the nearest hospital from her work, the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary."
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