Introducing the Neonatal DadPad... 

Being a new dad can be a difficult thing to come to terms with, but being the parent of a child in neonatal care potentially brings even more complex emotions and problems, as well as a wealth of complex information to digest.

The idea for the Neonatal DadPad was conceived by consultant neonatologist Professor Minesh Khashu after recognising that there was a need for better communication and support for fathers of babies on neonatal units.  It complements the exisiting DadPad for new dads and is thought to be the first resource of its kind.

The pack of laminated cards contains practical information and advice on relevant matters, including: how dads can best help themselves and their partners as they each deal with their feelings and emotions; where to go to seek further help, support and information; and practical guidance on holding, handling, bonding with and caring for their premature baby.  It is hoped that the resource will become a valuable tool for fathers during this sensitive time, as well as a 'keepsake' book for the father, child and family, with spaces in which to record information and emotions.

Written by the DadPad team, in partnership with Professor Khashu, and developed with funding from National Lottery’s Awards4All, the Neonatal DadPad will initially be launched in two units in early 2018: Poole Hospital, in Dorset, and Royal Cornwall Hospital Treliske, in Cornwall.

To find out more about the Neonatal DadPad, or if you are a healthcare professional looking for more support in your neonatal unit, please send a message to Julian or call him on 07403 274757.

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