Welcome to the March newsletter!
We have a massive thank you to Mike Bradley, proud dad to the incredibly scrummy Rosie, who has been on case raising funds for SNUG. Mike, who owns the removal company Van Man Removals, has chosen SNUG as their current organisation to support and for every review left on Freeindex and Google+ and will donate £5 to us. So far they have raised £120 and reviews are still coming in! The company operate all over the South West and have an excellent reputation so do spread the word! We are so grateful for all our fundraisers and business who support us, as every donation really does make a difference.
What has been happening?
Man in a Van.
Thanks to the services of PCL Digital our stickers are now out in the world ready for parents to use! They are also a great way for getting younger siblings involved in the care of their brand new brother or sister.
We have a total of 23 designs to represent key milestones in a neonatal journey, both for babies who have a long stint on a unit and those who need much shorter term care.
They have been given to new parents on the RD&E NNU as part of the Little Book of SNUG which contains a milestone chart inside too and are also being distributed at Derriford in Plymouth. Feedback so far has been very positive and we can’t wait to see more people using them and other units taking them on.
Our new memory bags are now out on the RD&E Neonatal Unit, packed full of toiletries, snacks and a copy of the Little Book of SNUG complete with developmental milestone stickers. We’d love to say a huge thank you to one of our mums, Nina Hamilton, who came up with the design concept which represents that being on NICU can seem a tough and sometimes sad experience, but at the end of the rainbow is hope and joy. We would also like to thank local company Gro for their recent support during which staff members donated cereal bars and lip balms for the bags and 100 BooBears which are being warmly welcomed now.
UNICEF Babyfriendly Award
Recently the RD&E NNU became the first neonatal unit in the UK to be awarded the full UNICEF UK Babyfriendly Accreditation, set up by UNICEF and the World Health Organisation. It is based on a comprehensive set of standards designed to provide parents with the best possible care to build close and loving relationships with their baby.
Em Wilkinson-Brice, the RD&E's deputy chief executive said "Days like today I have the best job in the world. I have no doubt that everyone who comes to work at the RD&E does so with the best intentions and tries to give the best care, but when you are given an award like this it demonstrates that everyday people have gone that extra mile. What this says to me is a whole team do this day in day out"...and we couldn't agree more We are very proud to work in partnership with the RD&E NNU and to have an opportunity to develop resources with them for both parents and staff and be able to facilitate feedback from families, both on and off the unit. The news story can be found here.
We previously told you about our communication tag project which is being piloted to improve parent and staff communication about the level of care parents wish to be involved in with their baby.
The tags mean that recording these wishes can be changed daily and can be recorded for both parent individually. The use of these tags can help to empower parents who are struggling with the loss of the anticipated parent role. They can help nurses identify teaching opportunities and they can help babies by facilitating the maximum level of family centred care.
These have been being trialled since the beginning of the year and the results have so far been positive and reported an improvement in parent confidence. We are hoping these will be rolled out soon on a more permanent basis with feedback from neonatal staff and parents being taken on board before finalising how they will look!
Keep in touch
Don't forget that between newsletters, you can keep in touch with us and share pictures, stories and news articles over at our public Facebook page and Twitter account. Our Twitter handle has recently changed to @SNUGNeonatal so pop it in your address book and come and say hello!
Over and out,