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Neonatal and Special Baby Care Unit

 

What is the Neonatal and Special Baby Care Unit?

The word ‘neonatal’ means new born, or the first 28 days of life.  The Neonatal and Special Baby Care Unit is where your baby will be cared for if they need special attention after they are born.

Why is my baby in the Neonatal and Special Baby Care Unit?

There are several reasons why your baby may need that extra bit of care.  They may be premature, sick or have a low birth weight.  Remember, both preterm and full term babies can need to spend time in the neo natal ward.

A Stressful Time

This can be a very stressful and uncertain time for you and your family.  With a team of medical staff taking care of your baby you may feel useless and question your role as a parent.  However, you play a vital role in the care of your baby while they are in the neonatal and special baby care unit.  Your love and attention will enhance your baby’s well-being and compliment the medical attention they need. The medical team within the maternity hospital will always be happy to answer any of your concerns.

Click on the link below for further information about  neonatal care :

HSE ‘My Child’