Parents in Britain spend £282 every week their baby is in neonatal care. That's £2,225 on average over a baby's total stay in hospital.
Our research has shown us that:
- Parents spend £53 every week on food and drink costs, because they had to buy from expensive franchises and hospital canteens.
- Parents had to find £32 every week to park at the hospital.
- They travelled an average of 27 miles to visit their baby.
- 72 per cent of parents told us their family finances were worse as a result of their baby's stay in neonatal care.
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With the new MPs settled into Parliament, now is a great time time to get in touch and ask them to work with Bliss to find out more about neonatal care in their area, and the key issues facing babies and families in their constituency.
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Since the launch of our campaign at the start of 2014, we've already had some great campaign wins; many of them thanks to the hard work of our dedicated campaigners:
- We have taken some big steps towards realising our campaign objective of free hospital car parking for parents.
- The Department of Business Innovations and Skills has committed to considering the needs of parents with premature and sick babies in a 2018 review of parental leave.
- We are hearing from a growing number of units and Trusts who are increasing the help they offer to parents by introducing reduced meals and free parking.