Settling in at home

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 is extremely common for parents of special care babies to feel nervous and unsure about being able to cope. 

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.

Find out more about caring for your baby at home by browsing through the rest of the content in this section.