Bliss Scotland

Premature baby's feet in a hospital setting

Usually, more than 5,000 babies are cared for in neonatal units each year in Scotland. Bliss Scotland was established in 2009 to provide support to those babies and their families right across Scotland.

Bliss Scotland is part of Bliss, the UK’s leading charity for babies born premature or sick, and is registered with the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR).

Why Bliss Scotland exists

Our vision

Bliss Scotland’s vision is that every baby born premature or sick in Scotland has the best chance of survival and quality of life.

Our mission

Bliss Scotland champions the right for every baby born premature or sick to receive the best care. We achieve this by empowering families, influencing policy and practice, and enabling life-changing research.

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What we do

Empower families

Evidence shows that babies are more likely to thrive when their families are fully involved in their hospital care.

Bliss Scotland empowers families with the information and support they need to provide hands-on care and make decisions about their baby.

Influence policy and practice

Babies deserve the highest quality hospital care, however long they live or however long they spend in hospital.

Bliss Scotland works with doctors and nurses to improve care for babies and campaigns within government and NHS Scotland for investment and better standards for babies.

Enable life-changing research

Research has the power to change the lives of babies born premature or sick, giving them the best chance of survival and quality of life. Bliss Scotland supports vital neonatal research to make positive changes to the lives of babies now and for generations to come.

Bliss Scotland Strategy

Download our 2022-2025 strategy summary (PDF).

Who we are

Bliss Scotland Baby Charter Officer - Charis Samuels

Charis supports neonatal units across Scotland with the Bliss Baby Charter, our flagship programme which aims to improve outcomes for babies by ensuring that parents are involved in the care of their baby.

You can contact Charis by emailing

Bliss Scotland Support Officer - Vicky Jack

Vicky manages the recruitment, induction and ongoing support for Bliss Scotland support volunteers, ensuring volunteers are confident, well-supported and delivering high quality support services.

You can contact Vicky by emailing

Bliss Scotland annual reports

Further information about our work in Scotland can be found in our annual reports.