Psychosocial support provision for parents: an audit of UK neonatal units
Having a preterm birth and/or a sick infant that requires neonatal care is an emotionally traumatising event for parents. This is due to issues such as parent-infant separation, concerns for infant viability and the technological nature of the neonatal unit. It is argued that neonatal units should provide a varied and sustainable programme of psychosocial support for parents during the infant’s stay and after discharge. However, currently there is a paucity of knowledge about what type and range of support is provided within neonatal care. In this article we report on an audit of facilities, services and support that could address parents’ psychosocial support needs in UK neonatal units.
Professor in Perinatal Health
Honorary Clinical Reader
Maternal and Infant Nutrition and Nurture Unit, School of Community Health and Midwifery, University of Central Lancashire
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