Animation to help parents in neonatal intensive care units
PUBLISHED: 16:00 08 May 2019
A charity which was set up by a Failand mum has launched an animation to help parents staying in neonatal intensive care units.
The NICU Foundation has developed the animation to help alleviate some of the worries new parents may have during one of the most 'stressful and frightening' times of their lives.
The animation introduces parents to the unfamiliar environment and equipment used in the unit and provides information about the benefits of interacting with and holding their baby and the facilities and support available to them.
The NICU Foundation was founded by Charley Maher and her husband Lee Maher in 2014 following the birth of their son Harrison when he was just 29 weeks old.
Charley was inspired by the care she received throughout her stay at various neonatal units and has since raised thousands of pounds for various equipment and staff training.
Charley said: "As anyone that has had a child within a neonatal intensive care unit will tell you, it's one of the most stressful and frightening times of your life.
"Our new animation aims to comfort new parents that often have limited places to turn, to find out more about the environment they have suddenly found themselves in.
"The trustees and I are extremely excited about the opportunities created by partnering with the South West Neonatal Network and have already seen great progress in both our fundraising efforts and awareness of the amazing work the teams at neonatal units across the region do every day to care for sick babies and save miniature lives."
The NICU Foundation has launched the animation in partnership with the South West Neonatal Network with the aim of raising awareness and funds for the 12 neonatal units in the region stretching from Gloucester to Truro.
The animation has since been uploaded onto The NICU Foundation and South West Neonatal Network websites and will be distributed for free across the UK and abroad.
The charity has welcomed Rebecca Lemin and Robyn Smart, from the South West Neonatal Network, onto the board of trustees who will be able to represent the needs and priorities of the neonatal units within the region.