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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 information in other languages.

You can order hardcopy information via our online shop.

If you have any questions about our information, contact informationteam@bliss.org.uk 

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 other langauges here). Visit the shop to order a printed copy, or download or view it below.

Note: The information featured in this publication is in the process of being reviewed and updated. It is still available to order. If you have any questions about the content, please speak with your health care professional. 

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Bliss general leaflet

A5, 6pp 2016. A leaflet outlining how Bliss helps babies born premature or sick by empowering families, influencing policy and practice and enabling life-changing research. It also gives details of how you can support Bliss. Visit the shop to order a printed copy.

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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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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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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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.

Note: The information featured in this publication is in the process of being reviewed and updated. It is still available to order. If you have any questions about the content, please speak with your health care professional. 

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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