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Having a baby is a very exciting time so it can be tricky when your baby is born early. Roughly 1 in 8 babies is born early.

While your baby is in neonatal care, you are likely to have a number of different emotions which can be difficult to deal with. These emotions can continue once you are discharged home. This can be an anxious time for you and your family but there is a lot of support available to help you with this journey.

Babies that are born early or have complications at birth can take a little longer to reach developmental milestones. This is because they are younger - your health professional will correct their age when assessing their growth and development.

    • Talk and listen. Although your baby is still little, they love to hear your voice. Chat, read books and listen to any of their responses.
    • While your baby is in hospital, make sure you look after yourselves. Go home and get some rest and make sure you’ve had something to eat / drink - you are just as important as your baby!
    • If you are able, skin to skin is the best way to interact with your baby, even if it is only for a few minutes at a time.
    • Sleep with an item of clothing or a toy. You can then give this to your baby to feel comforted by your smell when you have to leave them.
  • The Hamlet Centre is offering the following online support:


    The Nurture Coffee Morning (Online) 

    This Nurture group is an online group specifically for babies recently discharged from NICU and for those parents that have attended The Hamlet Nurture Group in the past year.

    The group will be held every Thursday morning from 10-11am in term time and will enable parents to meet with others who have had a similar experience.

    This is an online course, if you are interested please contact the Hamlet Centre on 01603 766566 or email them at to be sent an invitation with a link and password to access the group.

    This group will also be a pathway onto The Nurture Group that is beginning virtually in September 2020.




    The Virtual Nurture Group

    Starting in September 2020 on Wednesdays 10.30am - 12pm 

    • 9th September
      • Sleep advice and baby development 
      • Baby massage
    • 16th September
      • Health visitor service
      • Baby massage
    • 23rd September
      • Your wellbeing
      • Baby massage
    • 30th September
      • Virtual introduction to City and Eaton Children's Centre
      • Baby massage
    • 7th October
      • Feeding and weaning with Speech Therapist Libby
      • Physiotherapy support
      • Baby massage
    • 14th October
      • An introduction to play
      • Occupational therapy advice

    This is an online course, if you are interested please contact the Hamlet Centre on 01603 766566 or email them at to be sent an invitation with a link and password to access the group.


Who Can Help?

Your health visitor is able to complete an assessment of your child and refer to other services as needed, including: community paediatrician, speech and language therapy, hearing assessment, and vision assessment.

You can also contact the team at other times if you have any questions or concerns. You can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

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