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Parent Support

A need was identified by Julie Ebrey, Parent Representative for more local support for parents in the Network. Helping Hands are local support groups for mums, dads and caregivers of babies born at 31 weeks or earlier, or below a birth weight of 1,250 grams or other babies referred by a healthcare professional. Please find details of your local support group.

"During my second year as a Parent Representative for the Network I undertook an evaluation of the services and support for parents within the Network. It became clear that there is a lack of parent support groups within the unit and outside the unit; within the community. Parents feel isolated and ‘on their own’ once outside the cocoon of the NICU. Once on the outside parents feel abandoned and need to find the strength to continue the care pathway for their child. This is a period of change and adjustment and I identified the need for a support group that spanned from offering mums peer support, to being able to provide them with access to the health professionals that would be relevant to their babies needs. We aim to give them an entry into other placements that might be relevant as their babies needs become identified...Helping Hands was born."  Julie Ebrey, Network Parent Representative.

Helping Hands are local support groups for mums, dads and caregivers of babies born at 31 weeks or earlier, or below a birth weight of 1,250 grams or other babies referred by a healthcare professional.  Please find details of your local support group below:

Helping Hands Stoke on Trent Support Group

Helping Hands Wolverhampton Support Group

Helping Hands Walsall Support Group

The Department of Health Toolkit for High Quality Neonatal Services used the Helping Hands Support Group as an example of good practice in engaging with parents and families in supporting babies while cared for by neonatal services on discharge.

The Network continues to work with the Parent Representatives, the six newborn units and health care professionals from across the Network to establish more Helping Hands Groups.