Having a baby on a neonatal unit can be a very difficult and worrying time for families and we recognise that you will need supporting through this experience.

Neonatal Staff are there to support you with taking care of your baby’s day to day needs, they will also explain any medical needs your baby may have. When decisions need to be made about your baby, staff are there to provide information to assist you in making your choice.

Please do not hesitate to ask any questions you may have on the unit where your baby is being cared for. In addition to support from the neonatal unit please find below links to further information around neonatal care.



General Support & Advice:

UNICEF Leaflet for parents:

Lullaby Trust The Lullaby Trust (@LullabyTrust) Baby Check:
Unsure if your baby is very unwell? Not sure whether to take your little one to see a Doctor? The  #BabyCheck App will help you decide. Available to download free from the App Store and Google Play.

BLISS is the leading UK charity for babies born premature or sick. It supports families with a baby in neonatal care, works with health professionals to provide training and improve care for babies.

Best Beginnings Baby buddy app:  is your personal baby expert who will guide you through your pregnancy and the first six months of your baby’slife. The app has been designed with parents and professionals to help you give your baby the best start in life and support your health and well being.

Spoons:peer support for families

Neonatal Natter: peer support for families

Neomates:peer support for families

The Smallest Things Charity: life-after-nicu-report-2017compelling and insightful report for both health care professionals and parents about life following neonatal care, based on information from over 1,600 mothers.

1 in 10:a community focused on bringing parents of premature babies together to share their experinces, knowledge and offer comfort where possible.


Bereavement/Palliative Care Information & Support::

Still birth and Neonatal Death Charity: https://www.sands.org.uk/
Together for Short Lives Charity: http://www.togetherforshortlives.org.uk/

Breast Feeding Information & Support please click here to go to our Infant Feeding page


Hypoxic Ischaemic Encephalopathy (HIE) Information & Support: please click here to go to our HIE page

Cardiac Conditions Information & Support:

Tiny Tickers:is a small national charity that works to improve the chances of babies born with a serious heart condition

ROP Information & Support:

Parent information on treatment of ROP:
Parent information on screening for ROP: