Alexandra Risebury - 07814 512166
Bump to Baby and Beyond Doula and Baby Massage
Having your baby admitted to a special care baby unit (neonatal unit) can be a very stressful and overwhelming experience. There are different reasons why a baby might be admitted to a neonatal unit, premature birth being the most common factor.
Quite often parents will have not have had the time to identify themselves with the setting of a neonatal unit and in some cases parents have had only very little or no knowledge about a neonatal unit. There is no reason why they should have the awareness if their pregnancy went “smoothly”. In some cases parents will have been prepared for the potential admission of their baby and will have had a guided tour of the unit but this is not often the case.
The biggest stress factors are separation (mostly unexpected) and worry about their baby’s health. A complete new language unfolds to them (medical terms often taken for granted by staff), monitors, noises and a large medical team with frequent shift changeover. The feeling of isolation is commonly described.
Neonatal units will provide “family centred care” and some units might even have a named nurse the parents can rely on. The biggest task to come is when the baby is “ready” to come home (to be discharged). Although it seems the baby might be in a good “routine”, gaining weight well as feeding is established, it is still an overwhelming experience for parents to be finally bringing their baby home and to start family life in their own environment. In my opinion those parents should be treated like any other parent who take their baby home straight after birth. The support is very different and one of the main reasons for re-admission to hospital for those babies is due to feeding problems.
As a doula I want to provide the same service to parents who have experienced a neonatal care admission as to those who haven’t. I will be happy to support you through your stay whilst on the neonatal unit as well as up to 6 weeks once discharged. I will be able to support you emotionally as well as physically.
My services will be the same as outlined under my postnatal section but I must emphasise that I will not act up as a neonatal nurse but as a doula.