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Celebrating Prematurity Day

Newsdate: 21 November 2018

 Staff at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust celebrated World Prematurity Day with the launch of a new Family Integrated Care passport.

The passport, charting premature babies’ journeys through the Neonatal Care Unit throughout their stay at hospital, empowers new parents to be more active in their child’s treatment instead of nursing staff taking charge.

The day was hosted by nurses from the neonatal Department at Wigan Royal Albert Edward Infirmary.

Caprice Braid from Abram, Wigan says “It feels better when I look after my baby; otherwise it feels like I am just visiting him”.

Caprice gave birth to her baby boy, Theo, on November 9, eight weeks before his due date and, while Theo is currently spending time in an incubator, he is doing well.

Staff on the ward think it is important for the parent to have that time to bond with their new born baby.

Kathryn Ashton, Infant Feeding Coordinator said; “It’s an exciting new venture happening across the network. We are embracing the change.”

Staff and families on the ward celebrated the FiC passport’s launch with a selection of sandwiches and cupcakes to coincide with World Prematurity Day (November 17).