How can we be involved in our babys care?
In the South West all of our Neonatal Units believe that you as parents are fundamental and central to the care of your baby. You are a constant member of the baby’s care team and as such are not visitors to your baby or our units. In order for us to provide integrated care it is important that all of our healthcare teams work in partnership with yourselves to create a consistent and nurturing environment that supports the needs of your baby, yourselves and your wider family. Our units are committed to working to foster trust and respect between yourselves and the healthcare team to ensure that you feel welcomed, informed, valued and empowered as the primary caregivers to your baby.
Funded by our partner charity The NICU Foundation, The South West Neonatal Network has produced a short animation entitled 'A Stay in Neonatal Care- A guide to your role as parents and what to expect'. We hope that this animation supports parents during their stay in NICU and enables them to understand the importance of their role in their babys development.
This approach to delivering care on Neonatal Units is called Family Integrated Care, or FICARE and all units in the South West are striving to ensure that we work in partnership with parents and families to become as integrated as possible. You can find out more about FICare and its origins in Canada at: ww.familyintegratedcare.com