The Neonatal DadPad was launched on Father's Day.
July 9, 2018
Poole Hospital introduces Neonatal DadPad
Poole Hospital launched the Neonatal DadPad in its neonatal unit on Father's day. The resource has been developed to better support fathers of children who are preterm or unwell and are being looked after in neonatal units.
Being a new dad can be daunting, but being the parent of a child in neonatal care potentially brings even more difficult emotions and problems, as well as a wealth of complex information to digest.
The idea for the Neonatal DadPad was conceived by Professor Minesh Khashu, a consultant at Poole Hospital, after he recognised that there was a need for better communication and support for fathers of babies on neonatal units. It is thought to be the first resource of its kind in the world.
The pack of laminated cards contains practical information and advice on relevant matters, including how dads can best help themselves and their partners as they each deal with their emotions; where to go to seek further help, support and information; and practical guidance on holding, handling, bonding with and caring for their baby.
It is hoped that the resource will become a valuable tool for fathers during this sensitive time, as well as a 'keepsake' book for the father, child and family, with spaces in which to record information, pictures and emotions. It has been designed to be kept as a memento of the neonatal journey. While aimed specifically at dads, the information within it is useful for both parents and is also a good adjunct for communication for neonatal unit staff.