Preemie mum thanks nursing team that helped her through the toughest of times


18 May 2018
        

Preemie mum thanks nursing team that helped her through the toughest of times

Leeanne Campbell is the latest parent to share her NICU Superheroes with us. Leeanne’s daughter, Carys, was born prematurely at 23 weeks in the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow. She told us that all the staff there were fantastic, but there were three nurses in particular who helped her and her family through the toughest of times...

Lauren Martin
"Lauren was one of the first nurses to look after Carys when she was born extremely prematurely at 23 weeks. She was also there when Carys had her first surgery, which was an extremely stressful time. Lauren was a great support to us and always made us feel that Carys was in safe hands. A genuinely lovely person and a fantastic nurse."

Louise Dagleish
"Louise was on duty the first (of many) times Carys came off the ventilator. Myself and Nicole were extremely nervous and Louise was very supportive and always did whatever she could to reassure us throughout our NICU journey, something we will forever be grateful for. An amazing nurse and an even nicer person."

Lynda McKimmie
"Lynda (aka L-Dawg) enabled us to have her first ever skin to skin with our daughter Carys (aka C-Dawg) a moment we will never forget. Lynda was amazing with Carys and was there for us through some very difficult times. She has a heart of gold and is a credit to her profession."

What lovely words! If you’d like to say an extra special thank you to staff in the neonatal or special care baby unit who touched your family’s life, please do get in touch. We're asking parents to drop us a brief note with the name of the NHS staff member they're nominating, why they're nominating them and which hospital they work in to parents@vcreate.tv, or send us a direct message via @vCreateNeonatal on Facebook.

To help encourage more parents to come forward and share their thanks, so we've designed a poster that staff can print out and display in their units so that more parents can learn about the NICU Superhero campaign. Staff that are nominated for the award will receive a special NICU Superhero rosette, a certificate, and be in with a chance to win ‘NICU Superhero of the Year.’




10 tips to help fathers cope with their NICU journey


18 May 2018
        

10 tips to help fathers cope with their NICU journey

The impact of premature birth on fathers is unfortunately an under-discussed topic, despite dads feeling just as scared and overwhelmed as their partners. Fathers to premature babies have spoken out about how they felt they couldn’t open up about their feelings. Ben Orrah spoke to the Yorkshire Post about his mental health struggles

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10 steps to minimize stress in the NICU for parents and staff


16 May 2018
        

10 steps to minimize stress in the NICU for parents and staff

To show our support for Mental Health Awareness Week (14-20 May 2018) we have identified ten to-dos for parents who have experienced premature birth. Stress is common among parents of babies born earlier than expected and who need specialist treatment. We hope parents will gain valuable advice for looking after their own mental health and keeping stress in check; remember staying strong both physically and mentally has been known to have a positive effect on your baby’s recovery.
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Aberdeen Maternity Hospital Becomes the First in the North of Scotland to Introduce vCreate


15 May 2018
        

Aberdeen Maternity Hospital Becomes the First in the North of Scotland to Introduce vCreate

Parents of babies who need extra care in Aberdeen’s Neonatal Unit will now be able to receive video updates of their baby’s progress directly to their smartphone or tablet. The vCreate App will allow nurses to capture baby’s first moments through video updates and send them securely to parents own devices. Once the video clip has been sent to a parent’s account they can access videos of their child at anytime of day or night.

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App for Neonates Shown to Reduce Stress and Anxiety Among Parents of Preemies


11 May 2018
        

App for Neonates Shown to Reduce Stress and Anxiety Among Parents of Preemies

A survey carried out ahead of Mental Health Awareness Week (14 - 20 May) has found that the provision of the vCreate Neonatal App in NHS Neonatal Units helps to reduce anxiety of parents whose baby is receiving specialist neonatal care. Babies born too soon often need to stay in hospital after they are born and this can lead to increased stress and anxiety among parents.

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Patient-led innovation could help provide a solution to NHS funding shortages


09 May 2018
        

Patient-led innovation could help provide a solution to NHS funding shortages

A secure video messaging service that connects parents with their child's progress in NHS Neonatal Units is being introduced by NHS Trusts across the country. The original idea for the vCreate App came from a parent of a child receiving specialist neonatal care at the Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow. Hospital staff were asked to consider video updates as a way of reassuring parents on the wellbeing of their baby at times when they were not able to be in the Neonatal Unit.

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Maxine and her Rainbows Knitted Hats for Preemies, Here's Why...


08 May 2018
        

Maxine and her Rainbows Knitted Hats for Preemies, Here's Why...

vCreate and Preemies UK’s recent partnership brought together volunteer knitters and crocheters from around the country to craft woolly hats for premature babies. In an effort to rally the troops, we reached out to a number of groups within the community to help support the project, one such group was the 2nd Hagley Rainbows, led by Maxine Wyeth.

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We've done it - Make a Hat for a Preemie reaches 1000 hats


04 May 2018
        

We've done it - Make a Hat for a Preemie reaches 1000 hats

Preemies UK and vCreate have been counting up all the wonderful hats you’ve sent in support of the ‘Make a Hat for a Preemie’ campaign, and are super-proud to reveal that we have now received over 1000 woolly hats!The project’s original target was 100 hats so to have 1000 hats ready to send out to NHS Neonatal Units is a fantastic achievement.

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Volunteer Knitters Come out in Force to Make Hats for Premature Babies


01 May 2018
        

Volunteer Knitters Come out in Force to Make Hats for Premature Babies

A knitting campaign that launched at the beginning of April to find volunteer knitters to make hats for premature and sick babies in Neonatal Units has tripled its original campaign target. Neonatal Units across the country already benefit from the work of Preemies UK, a charity that encourages knitters and crocheters to make handmade cardigans, hats, blankets and toys for premature babies

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Preemie Mum, Marissa, shares her NICU Superheroes


27 April 2018
        

Preemie Mum, Marissa, shares her NICU Superheroes

Our campaign to celebrate excellence in neonatal care continues as Marissa Albert nominates two members of staff, Rachel and Debbie, as her NICU Superheroes for the care they gave to her premature twins Marley and Rocco.

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vCreate Pledges Support for Mental Health Awareness Week


26 April 2018
        

vCreate Pledges Support for Mental Health Awareness Week

vCreate will join thousands of individuals and organisations from 14th - 20th May in support of Mental Health Awareness Week. Together we’ll tackle stress, which can lead to health problems such as anxiety and depression.

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Tell us about your experience of the vCreate Neonatal Video System


24 April 2018
        

Tell us about your experience of the vCreate Neonatal Video System

Could you spare 2 minutes to share your experience of the vCreate Neonatal Video System? As part of Mental Health Awareness Week (14 - 20 May), vCreate would like to raise awareness of the stress and anxiety faced by parents of premature and sick babies. We hope that you’ll agree how important it is that there is a great network of support for parents who have experienced premature birth.
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HUGG Recognised in Chief Medical Officer’s Third Annual Report


20 April 2018
        

HUGG Recognised in Chief Medical Officer’s Third Annual Report

The CMO of NHS Health Scotland, Cath Calderwood, launched her third annual report today at Airdrie Community Health Centre. ‘Practising Realistic Medicine’ highlights the benefits that can be achieved when patients have greater involvement in decisions affecting their care. Calderwood, says that ‘Realistic Medicine’ has become a social movement with its principals being welcomed and implemented by many healthcare professionals across the world.

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The Best Reading Initiatives for Babies and Children


20 April 2018
        

The Best Reading Initiatives for Babies and Children

World Book Night on Monday 23 April celebrates books and reading across the country. The event is run by The Reading Agency, a national charity that aims to inspire people’s enthusiasm for reading, and to help their confidence in reading grow.Here at vCreate we love initiatives that encourage people to read, and are particularly interested in helping to promote reading in the neonatal unit, something that studies have shown helps the electric pathways in baby’s brains to develop.

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NICU Superheroes Celebrates Excellence in Neonatal Care


19 April 2018
        

NICU Superheroes Celebrates Excellence in Neonatal Care

At the beginning of March, we launched NICU Superheroes, to celebrate the amazing work of NHS neonatal staff across the UK. Since then many parents of premature and sick babies have come forward to share their stories of courage and say thank you to the nurses and doctors that they feel helped them the most whilst their baby was receiving special care.

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A Guide to Milestones for Parents of Premature Babies


18 April 2018
        

A Guide to Milestones for Parents of Premature Babies

The uncertainty associated with having a baby prematurely can be emotional and traumatic for parents, because preemies face greater health risks; those first few months and years can be a time of worrying, watching and waiting. So, when preemie babies do reach these magical milestones, the desire to capture them can be even greater.

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Shelley, Founder of Preemies UK, tells us why she setup the charity and shares her tips for new knitters


17 April 2018
        

Shelley, Founder of Preemies UK, tells us why she setup the charity and shares her tips for new knitters

Shelley Mitchell is the founder of Preemies UK, a charity that encourages knitters to make handmade cardigans, hats, blankets and toys for premature babies around the UK.Shelley has been running the service since 2006 and with the help of a dedicated team of volunteers and Facebook fans, sends knitted items to neonatal units across the country. We caught up with Shelley to find out more about the work of Preemies UK and to pick up some tips.
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Time to Launch our ‘Make a Hat for a Preemie’ Competition


16 April 2018
        

Time to Launch our ‘Make a Hat for a Preemie’ Competition

At the beginning of the month, vCreate launched their Make a Hat for a Preemie campaign, in partnership with Preemies UK. The campaign was established to find knitters and crocheters to help knit or crochet 100 hats for premature and poorly babies spending time in the neonatal unit.

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We’re on our way to REaSoN 2018


13 April 2018
        

 We’re on our way to REaSoN 2018

vCreate is gearing up to showcase Neonatal Video System and our (soon to be announced) new feature at this year’s annual REaSoN Neonatal Meeting.This summer vCreate will join hundreds of NHS neonatal staff and exhibitors at the 3 day event at Warwick Arts Centre, University of Warwick.

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Mum, Emma, nominates Elise and Wendy as her NICU Superheroes


13 April 2018
        

Mum, Emma, nominates Elise and Wendy as her NICU Superheroes

It’s that time again, time to announce our latest NICU Superheroes! The team here at vCreate recently launched a new campaign to help parents, whose baby has spent time in the neonatal unit or special care baby unit, give special recognition to the staff who made a real difference to their family during their time there.

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