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The Midwifery and Maternity Services Research Unit

Your views matter: exploring the experiences, satisfaction and needs of parents of infants admitted to Newborn Services at the Royal Women’s Hospital

Rebecca Hyde, Della Forster, Sue Jacobs (neonatologist, the Women’s), Laura Bignell (clinical director, and executive director nursing and midwifery, the Women’s), Helen McLachlan.

The Women’s admits more than 1600 babies to Newborn Services per annum. Around 35% of these babies are discharged home directly from Newborn Services, with the remainder being transferred to a lower level special care unit closer to the family’s home when they no longer require tertiary medical neonatal care. Families can suffer long-term consequences from their baby’s stay in neonatal intensive care which last long after the acute admission period and affect the health of individual family members (particularly mothers), family function, and coping with baby care.

We are undertaking a large survey to explore:

  1. The satisfaction, experiences and needs of parents whose babies have been admitted to Newborn Services to inform the way future care is provided; and
  2. Key clinical outcomes e.g. infant feeding at six months post birth.