Download a FREE A4 digital handout to help raise awareness of NICU Neonatal Intensive Care during antenatal education with a license for antenatal teachers to print and share with clients and use as teaching tools in childbirth education classes.
I've decided to make these free because I really want to help spread awareness and support!
I used to think that special care was just for premature babies - but the majority of babies who receive neonatal care are actually born full term.
60% of babies* in NICU are full term (after 37 weeks) and may need support due to infection, issues with breathing, feeding, jaundice or lack of oxygen to the brain.
1 in 7 babies born in the UK are admitted to a neonatal unit. Having an awareness of what to expect and how to feel empowered would help parents cope and lessen their trauma if baby does need medical care, so I am urging antenatal teachers to include special care in their conversations with pregnant women, birth partners and clients - as 1 in 7 of those babies will need it.
Despite my birth trauma, my passion and belief in physiological birth was not dented, and during my second pregnancy I started creating pregnancy and birth art, which led to making birth education downloads for antenatal teachers, doulas and hypnobirthing teachers to use with pregnant women, birth partners and clients. I’d love to help lessen the potential trauma for other parents by spreading awareness about why baby might need special care after birth, and the ways that we can still feel like an empowered parent even when baby is poorly.
I’ve created these handouts which birth workers can download with a licence to print and share with pregnant women, birth partners and clients, and use as teaching tools to have conversations about NICU antenatally - or to help them support families at the time they are in NICU.
"I would have found it so helpful to have had something like what you have created here. Something to give me an insight of NICU life, what I was about to experience, how I could have prepared myself even just a little. I whole heartedly support the need for more information being given around NICU for those who know and those who won’t know that they may require a stay.” - Hannah Johnson
Sev, Breastfeeding Support Lead, runs a NICU parents support group at North Middlesex University Hospital. “The number one subject that comes up in the support group is that people had no idea about NICU beforehand. They all agree that having an understanding of what would happen if their baby was born early or sick would have made their journey easier and less stressful.”
I agree it’s important to focus on the best case scenario, and to picture positive outcomes and a healthy birth - but I don’t feel talking about NICU has to be scary or negative. When the message we’re putting across is one of how to be prepared and empowered - no matter how birth goes - then it can only be a good thing. So I urge antenatal teachers to make it a priority to include awareness of special care in their conversations with pregnant women, birth partners and clients - as 1 in 7 of those families will need it.
*Note on the use of 'NICU' to encompass other levels of neonatal care: I didn't feel like it was appropriate to go into all the details and different levels of care in this context, as it wouldn't mean much to people who aren't familiar with it all (I think people just use NICU as an umbrella term for the bit of the hospital where poorly babies go?), but I included the link to Bliss statistics on the product pages so people can see more information if they want to.*
Please talk to expectant parents about the potential for a NICU stay, and how they can feel empowered if their baby does need special care.
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The limited use commercial license that comes with this download means that birth workers, doulas, hypnobirthing teachers, prenatal yoga teachers, antenatal educators and midwives can print to share and use with pregnant women, birth partners and clients. By buying this download you are agreeing to the following terms:
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Disclaimer: Please note my images are stylised visual representations, and the information is accurate to the best of my knowledge, but I am not a medical professional and therefore there may be words or parts of the drawings that aren't 100% anatomically and medically accurate. My materials are not intended to replace any medical caregiver advice.