Premature and sick babies can face hospital stays of several weeks or months.
Bliss has found that, on average, the parents we surveyed in England were forced to spend an extra £282 a week when their baby was in hospital. These extra costs included travel, parking, food and drink, childcare for siblings, and loss of earnings.
Read more about our It's not a game campaign, which explored the financial cost of having a baby in neonatal care.
Having a baby on a neonatal unit can be incredibly stressful and emotional. Parents are much more likely to suffer from mental health problems and research has suggested that parents of premature babies are twice as likely to suffer from postnatal depression as parents of full term, healthy babies.
Our How you might be feeling page describes some of the emotions involved in having a baby on the neonatal unit.
The Bliss helpline is a UK wide confidential telephone service that offers a listening ear. Get in touch by calling 0808 801 0322 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
It is vital parents receive support while their baby is in hospital, and at home. Bliss has been campaigning for better support services for families since the launch of our Bliss baby report in 2015. Our Bliss Baby Charter sets out the expectation that all neonatal units taking part have dedicated psychosocial support available on the unit too. Over 60 per cent of neonatal units are currently taking part in the Bliss Baby Charter.