The Neonatal Unit

The first time you see your baby in the baby unit it may come as a big shock. The unit itself may seem like a space-age control room - very hot, with lots of flashing lights, beeping monitors and other mystifying pieces of equipment. Among all these is the incubator, containing a tiny baby.

Your tiny baby may be at the centre of a tangle of tubes, surrounded by equipment. Seeing him in this situation can be very distressing, and it is easy to feel very overwhelmed. Due to the high risk of infection in such small babies you will be required to wear special protective gear – a gown, gloves, shoe covers  - and visitors will be restricted. But don't fret, this is all in the best interest of the new born.