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Bliss: Tell your MP to make neonatal services a priority

NATIONAL baby charity Bliss is asking supporters of its work to write to their MP to tell them about a lack of accommodation and facilities for parents whose babies are in neonatal care.

In Bliss’ 2016 report it was revealed a widespread lack of facilities and support for parents at neonatal units across England, is keeping families apart at this traumatic time and preventing parents from being closely involved in their babies’ care. This is despite strong evidence that premature and sick babies’ health is improved when their parents are supported to take the lead in care.

One of the biggest barriers for families is a lack of overnight accommodation on or near the neonatal unit. More than a third of all units do not have dedicated accommodation for parents of critically ill babies who live many miles from home, and only five out of 29 neonatal intensive care units have enough accommodation to meet national standards.

Now Bliss wants you to tell your MP about the experience of families in your constituency by emailing them now.