It is extremely common for parents of special care babies to feel nervous and unsure about being able to cope. The transition from hospital to home is a big step for you, your baby and the whole family. It is often a time of mixed emotions. It takes time, but gradually you will learn what you need to do.
If you find that you do not feel confident about caring for your baby at home, remember that help is at hand. You can speak to your health visitor or your community neonatal nurse and explain to them how you are feeling - often some practical, objective advice is all you need. You may also be able to see a counsellor or a psychotherapist through the unit that discharged you. Contact your unit for more information.
Alternatively, call the Bliss Helpline and an advisor will be able to help. The line is open from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday and 7pm to 9pm, Monday to Wednesday. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Find out more about caring for your baby at home by clicking on the links below. You can also download or order our free booklet, Going home: the next big step.
Help at home
Follow up appointments
Your baby's development
Readmission to hospital