One in every nine babies is born premature or sick in Wales each year – and their parents have to find, on average, £260 for every week their baby is in neonatal care.
We received over 1,300 responses to our 2013 survey, 63 of them were parents from Wales. Our findings show:
- 79 per cent of Welsh parents felt their family finances were worse as a result of their baby’s stay in neonatal care.
- Welsh parents are spending £90 a week on travel alone.
- Only 6 units can offer parents somewhere to stay.
- Parents spend £59 a week just on food and drink.
You can now download our report to read our full results and recommendations for the Welsh Government and NHS.
If you would prefer, you can also read it in Welsh.
You can get involved in the campaign right now, by emailing your Assembly Member and letting them know why it's not a game.
Following our campaign launch in Wales earlier in 2014, Julie Morgan AM visited her local neonatal unit at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff where she met nurses and families.
Julie said her visit allowed her "to see first-hand what the experience can be like for parents of premature babies and really highlighted the importance of Bliss’ ‘It’s not a game’ campaign. I was also delighted to meet the unit’s staff to see the excellent work they do and what a vital service we have in Cardiff."