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Information for parents


Below you can find a range of specialist information booklets for parents to download, as well as links to factsheets, and information in other languages.

If you have received our postcard on the neonatal unit giving information about Bliss support and would like your free copy of our Little Bliss magazine and an information booklet, please fill in your details on this form.
 


Factsheets

Information in other languages



About the neonatal transport service – an information leaflet for parents in Scotland



A leaflet providing parents in Scotland with information about the neonatal transport service, transfers and listing of units in Scotland (download only.)

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Bliss Family Handbook
 

Third edition 2014. A5, 96pp. (Formerly the Parent Information Guide). Contains a wide range of useful information for parents of premature or sick babies. The Bliss Family Handbook is free for every parent with a baby in a neonatal unit. It is distributed by most units to parents on their first or second day. (Also available in Polish, Portuguese and Bengali as the Parents Information Guide). Visit the shop to order a printed copy, or download or view it below.

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Bliss general leaflet

A5, 6pp 2011. General leaflet outline of how Bliss helps sick and premature babies by supporting parents and families, campaigning for improvements in neonatal care and promoting new developments and innovations in care. It also gives details of how you can support Bliss. Visit the shop to order a printed copy. 

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Common infectious illnesses


Fifth edition 2016 (previously Common Winter Illnesses print booklet). Information for parents of babies born premature or sick to recognise signs and symptoms of illness in their baby, and provides practical tips on where to get help, and how to help avoid the spread of certain illnesses.

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Going home on oxygen
 

Fifth edition 2013 A5, 28pp. Aimed at parents and families who have a child on home oxygen and includes information on how home oxygen works, travel and transportation as well as a wide range of frequently asked questions. This booklet is also of interest to health professionals who are supporting families and their babies. Visit the shop to order a printed copy. 

Please note: This publication is under review and is currently unavailable. If you are in need of information or support on this issue, please contact the Bliss helpline.   



   


Going home: the next big step
 

Sixth edition 2012, A5, 36pp. This comprehensive booklet has been written to help prepare parents for when they bring their baby from the neonatal unit. Includes: the right time to go home, preparation, who will help, health, sleeping, feeding and the emotions parents may experience. This publication is kindly supported by Pregnacare Vitabiotics. 


Please note: This publication is under review and is currently unavailable. If you are in need of information or support on this issue, please contact the Bliss helpline.   



HIE (Hypoxic-ischaemic encephalopathy): Information for parents

New first edition, 2012, A5, 24pp. This booklet aims to provide information for parents whose baby has been given a diagnosis of hypoxic-ischaemic encephalopathy (HIE). It provides information about what sorts of treatment your baby may receive, some of the tests and procedures that may be done and what you as a parent or carer can do to help your baby. Visit the shop to order a printed copy.

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Look at me – I’m talking to you: Watching and understanding your premature baby

Third edition, 2012, A5, 16pp. This publication is an explanatory guide to understanding your baby’s signals and cues, with the use of line drawings illustrating distress signals, signs of discomfort, importance of eye contact, cuddles, and how parents can comfort their baby during a painful procedure.

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Multiple births – A parent’s guide to neonatal care

First edition, A5 28pp. Jointly published with the Twins and Multiple Births Association (TAMBA). Babies in multiple pregnancy are much more likely to experience some level of additional care in hospital after birth. This guide helps to prepare and support multiple birth parents. Visit the shop to order a printed copy. 

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Parent information guide: Scotland


The Bliss Scotland Parent Information Guide is free for every parent with a baby in a Scottish neonatal unit. It is distributed by most units to parents on their first or second day. Visit the shop to order a printed copy. 

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Skin to skin

First edition, A5, 16pp. The aim of this booklet is to describe the benefits of skin-to-skin care and to help you decide if you would like to try skin-to-skin with your baby. Skin-to-skin, inspired by the Kangaroo Care method, has many benefits for babies and for parents. This booklet was produced in partnership with the Winnicott Foundation.


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The best start – a guide to expressing and breastfeeding your premature baby

Eighth edition 2012. A5, 44pp. Advice guide about breast milk and premature babies. One of Bliss’ most popular booklets. This publication was previously titled: ‘Breastfeeding your premature baby’. It is kindly supported by Ameda. Visit the shop to order a printed copy. 

Please note: This publication is under review and is currently unavailable. If you are in need of information or support on this issue, please contact the Bliss helpline.   



   






Weaning your premature baby
 

 Eighth edition 2014, A5, 20pp. Weaning your baby can be a confusing subject given the often conflicting and changing guidelines and recommendations. This revised eighth edition of Weaning your premature baby hopes to cut through some of this confusion. 

Please note: This publication is under review and is currently unavailable. If you are in need of information or support on this issue, please contact the Bliss helpline.





Your special care baby: a guide for families


First edition A5, 70 pages. A family friendly guide written for parents to answer any questions they might have about their baby’s stay in a special care unit. Visit the shop to order a printed copy. 

References BAPM (British Association of Perinatal Medicine) Standards of neonatal care, Unicef NNA (Neonatal Nurses Association), WHO (World Health Organisation), RCN (Royal College of Nursing), RCPCH (Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health) 


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