Providing high quality neonatal care to babies and their families

 

The North West Neonatal Operational Delivery Network (NWNODN)  aims to provide high quality neonatal care to babies and their families. Within the NWNODN there are twenty-two neonatal units and one neonatal transport service all providing twenty-four hour care for sick and premature neonates.The work undertaken by the NWNODN is clinician led with the best interest of neonates and their families at the heart of all we undertake.

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As National Breast Feefing week draws to a close here is a fantastic story from one our PAG members. As well as expressing enough milk for her own premature baby & and then breast feeding him once home Laura also donated an incredible 18 litres to the local milk bank!

“After delivering at 32+2 weeks which was a complete shock, I was delighted when I was asked by the midwife in the delivery room what my intention had been regarding feeding and I was thrilled that breastfeeding was still a potential option for me, knowing that my son was requiring neonatal care.

Within a couple of hours of returning to the ward, a midwife came to assist me with hand expressing and although painstakingly slow I felt very lucky that my body was responding and the 1ml syringe had a few precious drops in it. Over the next few days this amount slowly increased and I became friends with the double yellow breast pump, the noise of which will never be forgotten!

The neonatal nurses were fantastic supporting me and celebrating with me my success as the amount I was able to express gradually increased and I was able to feel very proud with every single gram my son gained. After many attempts and much support and guidance, when I finally successfully managed to get my son to latch, I was cheered on by several neonatal nurses, it really was a moment I wont forget.

I continued to express and was informed by one of the neonatal nurses that I could donate my increasing collection of excess breast milk to the Northwest Human Milk Bank and so I enquired once my son was discharged home and soon became a donor. I felt it was my way of being able to give something back after the excellent care we had received and hoped it would help to get some other tiny babies big and strong too. In total I donated 18 Litres over 9 months. “
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FREE MATERIALS all month as we celebrate Breastfeeding Awareness 💙 Print these at www.nationalperinatal.org/feeding_our_babies/ and share them with your community.

Are you interested in making translations to help spread support? Message us!

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National Breast Feeding Week 1-7th August.

Establishing breast feeding with a pre-term baby isn’t always easy but there are so many advantages. Here is a lovely positive quote from a mum of 26 week twins which shows sometimes the unexpected can be achieved with support & determination.

"Our girls were born at 26+1 due to cord flow problems, and I was worried that I'd never breastfeed because of their prematurity. Thankfully the NICU nurses told me otherwise!

I expressed for 12 weeks before they started to feed directly, then established daytime feeds first. I had support from the NICU nurses, as well as online support from a specialist twin breastfeeding Facebook group and a local IBCLC.

By the time we left hospital at 18 weeks old, the girls were fully breastfed despite coming home on oxygen.

We fed until the girls were 2yrs 9mths, and that time encompassed multiple hospital admissions and intensive care stays for one twin, and starting nursery for the other twin."
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Covid-19 could significantly impact on maternal mental health. We encourage all mothers who are #BreastfeedingInLockdown to reach out - contact your midwife, health visitor or GP to access support and visit healthierlsc.co.uk/BetterBirths/YourMentalHealth for more information.#WBW2020 ... See MoreSee Less

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Timeline PhotosWe know it can be hard to explain to friends what it's like to be in neonatal care. For #WorldFriendshipDay what advice would you give to someone whose friend has just had a baby born premature or poorly? ... See MoreSee Less

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So lovely to see that Spoons have helped yet another mummy during this difficult time. 👏Our aim is to support parents through their journey from admission to the neonatal unit and beyond. Families in neonatal care have been hit hard by the COVID crisis and helping parents with travel costs is just one way we've been able to support. Thanks to this mummy for sharing her feedback about our support.
If you would like to help us support more families in neonatal care find out how you can get involved
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Shared on behalf of the North West Coast Clinical Network for Perinatal Mental Health

Pregnancy and the first year after having had a baby is a really important time for your mental health. Your NHS care providers should be considering your emotional wellbeing as well as your physical health. We want to know what your experiences of being asked about your emotional wellbeing mental health during this time have been like. If you are currently pregnant or have had a baby in the past 12 months in Cheshire, Merseyside, Lancashire or South Cumbria, please follow the link to complete this short survey - it’s takes less than 5 minutes to complete and all responses are completely anonymous.
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Latest News

UCLAN Audit Study on Understanding Parental Psychosocial Support in NNUs Launched

  UCLAN are keen to hear from all neonatal units in the UK. Please click on the link below to access the survey . https://uclan.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eFeYRRXCkZuJJXf

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BAPM Consultation on Therapeutic Hypothermia

The consultation is now open on ‘Therapeutic Hypothermia for Neonatal Encephalopathy – A BAPM Framework for Practice.‘ The framework covers case selection, parent / carer communication, infants who fall outside of…

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Remote Support for Neonatal Families during Covid19

The NWNODN have put together a list of remote sources of support for those parents who are struggling with mental health issues, feeding or just feel they would benefit from…

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COVID-19 Latest

NW units will be briefed regularly and have been advised to follow the RCPCH & BAPM guidance, which can be accessed together at the link below. If you are a…

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Wigan Neonatal Unit Re-accredited for BFI

A massive well-done to everyone on the Wigan NNU as they are not only the first (& only) unit in the NW to gain full Neonatal BFI Accreditation but they…

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Sue Snowdon – NNA Nurse of the Year Runner Up

Susan Snowdon, Neonatal Induction Programme Manager, NWNODN is National Neonatal Nurse of the Year runner up (Neonatal Nurse Association) in recognition of her contribution to the education and development of…

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Neonatal Nursing 3rd Edition the new “Boxwell”

We have always known that there is so much experience and knowledge in neonatal care in the North West and it is highlighted in this edition of Boxwell which has…

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Join the Neonatal Nurses Association (NNA)

The Neonatal Nurses Association (NNA) http://www.nna.org.uk/ The Neonatal Nurses Association was established over 40 years ago in 1977 by Beryl Chadney, a senior nurse at the Department of Health. She selected a…

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    Hospitals often have a unit or ward dedicated to caring for babies who require additional support after birth, which cannot be provided on the Maternity wards.

    These are often referred to in different ways such as the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU), Neonatal Unit (NNU) or Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

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