Babies that require extra care are also described as receiving neonatal care. Neonatal care is the type of care a baby born premature or sick receives in a neonatal unit. Units are a part of hospitals which provide care for babies who are born prematurely (before 37 weeks), with a medical condition which needs treatment, or at a low birthweight.
We know that having a baby in neonatal care is likely to bring up a whole range of emotions, and some of these can be hard to face.
It may be that you feel anxious about why your baby has been born prematurely or sick, or about the treatment they are receiving. The team of health professionals can give you more information about your baby’s condition and the needs they have.
Click on the tabs below to find out more information about neonatal care in Lincolnshire
The animation below helps to explain what to expect if your baby needs extra care.
Neonatal Care at Lincoln Hospital
Why would my baby need neonatal care?
Neonatal Care at Boston Hospital
East Midlands Neonatal Network - Map to show locations of units
Support for neonatal families
Lincolnshire Talking Therapies can support neonatal families in Lincolnshire who are struggling with their wellbeing.
The East Midlands Neonatal Network provides information about where to get different types of support for neonatal families.
Bliss are there to support parents and families of premature or sick babies.
The neonatal voice in Lincolnshire was created in January 2019. A group of passionate mothers who have had babies that have been premature, poorly or needed extra care from a neonatal service.
Their aim as a group is to listen to families and help support and influence safe quality neonatal care. Their experiences and those of the families they have listened to has given them a starting point to help projects working closely with Better births. A really good communication network helps them link up with professionals and also share innovations across Lincolnshire.
Neonatal care can sometimes be the forgotten area but the Neonatal Parent Voice certainly brings it to the forefront!