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.

So far vCreate has awarded the title of ‘NICU Superhero’ to Millie and Emma G, Neonatal Nurses at St Michael’s Neonatal Unit in Bristol, Marnie McVeigh, a Neonatal Nurse at the NICU Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Glasgow. Staff Nurse, Emma Gallacher, Dr Neil Patel and nurses Wendy Culverwell and Elise Renson from the neonatal unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Glasgow.

We truly believe in celebrating success here at vCreate and we are delighted that so many parents have already come forward to nominate their NICU Superheroes.

Parents whose babies have spent time in the Neonatal Unit or Special Care Baby Unit, speak extremely highly of the medical staff who nursed their babies through those early days and weeks. The NICU Superhero campaign is providing them with an opportunity to say an extra big thank you to those who left their mark.

We would like to encourage more parents to come forward and share their thanks, so we've designed a poster that staff can print out and put up in their units so that more parents can learn about the NICU Superhero campaign.

Staff that have been nominated so far will very shortly receive a special NICU Superhero rosette, a certificate, and be in with a chance to win ‘NICU Superhero of the Year.’

To nominate your NICU Superhero or Superheroes, 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.



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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Pro-knitter, Bev Leestma, shares her tips for making newborn hats for preemies


13 April 2018
        

Pro-knitter, Bev Leestma, shares her tips for making newborn hats for preemies

This week, as part of our ‘Make a Hat for a Preemie’ campaign, the vCreate Team caught up with pro-knitter, Bev Leestma, from The Make Your Own Zone to pick up some expert knitting tips and to find out what drives her to do what she does. Bev, who is based in Michigan, knits hats for newborns and donates them to the maternity and neonatal ward at her local hospital.

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vCreate Heads West to Demonstrate Neonatal Video System


12 April 2018
        

vCreate Heads West to Demonstrate Neonatal Video System

This week, Ben Moore of vCreate hit the road once again to demonstrate the vCreate Neonatal Video System to a number of hospital units that form part of the South Western Neonatal Network.The tour began with a visit to Gloucester, stopping at the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and from there moved on to Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton, followed by a visit to the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro.

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The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne Set to be First in Australia to Launch the vCreate Neonatal Video System


11 April 2018
        

The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne Set to be First in Australia to Launch the vCreate Neonatal Video System

The Newborn Intensive Care Unit (Butterfly Ward) at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne is set to become the first in Australia to introduce, vCreate, a secure video messaging application that allows parents of premature and sick babies the opportunity to stay up-to-date on their baby’s progress when they are not able to be with their baby in the neonatal unit.
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5 Ways to Deal with Stress when Your Baby is in the Neonatal Unit


06 April 2018
        

5 Ways to Deal with Stress when Your Baby is in the Neonatal Unit

The experience of a having your baby arrive prematurely is undoubtedly an extremely difficult time for parents. Equally, if a baby is born full term, but requires extra special care in the neonatal unit, the uncertainty that brings can lead to feelings of incredible stress.As April is Stress Awareness Month, we have put together a list to help parents navigate their way through their time in the neonatal unit, without it impacting upon their mental wellbeing.

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Your five-step plan to securing a vCreate sponsor for your Neonatal Unit


04 April 2018
        

 Your five-step plan to securing a vCreate sponsor for your Neonatal Unit

The vCreate platform has always been free and will continue to be free to Neonatal Units and parents. The sponsorship funding model gives charities and other private organisations the opportunity to support their local neonatal unit by funding the application.In exchange for providing sponsorship for the vCreate App, sponsors can expect to receive positive media coverage and association with tech for good, whilst also having a positive impact on the lives of hundreds of families.

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Emma and Neil from RHC NNU Receive NICU Superhero Award


03 April 2018
        

Emma and Neil from RHC NNU Receive NICU Superhero Award

Here at vCreate we continue to celebrate the incredible work of NHS neonatal staff with our NICU Superheroes Award. It is wonderful to hear from families who have received outstanding care from neonatal unit staff and who want to give them special recognition for their hard work.

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vCreate and Preemies UK Partner to Make 100 Woolly Hats for Premature Babies


02 April 2018
        

vCreate and Preemies UK Partner to Make 100 Woolly Hats for Premature Babies

On Monday 2nd April, vCreate is launching ‘Make a Hat for a Preemie’ – a campaign that aims to find knitters and crocheters who can knit a hat or two for premature and poorly babies.Through our Facebook community (parents of premature and sick babies), local knitting clubs and Girl Guides groups, we aim to knit or crochet 100 hats for babies in 30 days.

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10 Top Gifts for a Baby Born Too Soon


30 March 2018
        

10 Top Gifts for a Baby Born Too Soon

The excitement that comes with the arrival of a new baby is hard to beat, we’re immediately rushing to send a card, choose the perfect gift and generally find ways to show our support for our loved ones at this life-changing moment. A new person has entered the world, and our lives. What happens though when a baby arrives early and your friends or family member’s lives are suddenly turned upside down? What can we do to help? This is more than likely, unchartered territory, and you may feel nervous or unsure about what is an appropriate gift for the new baby.
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vCreate launch Easter Effect for Video Updates from the Neonatal Unit


29 March 2018
        

vCreate launch Easter Effect for Video Updates from the Neonatal Unit

This Easter weekend, neonatal unit staff have the option of sending personalised video messages from the neonatal unit with the “Easter Egg” effect, a feature available to all units using the vCreate Neonatal video system. Easter-themed personalised videos are available to all units currently using the vCreate Neonatal video system.

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The PPBF fund innovative video technology to support parents of premature babies


28 March 2018
        

The PPBF fund innovative video technology to support parents of premature babies

From left to right: Jo Priaulx, Trustee PPBF, Crystal Braybrook, Senior Neonatal Nurse and Heather Renouf, Lead Nurse Neonatal.The Special Care Baby Unit at Princess Elizabeth Hospital (PEH), Guernsey, is to hold a special event on Wednesday 28th March at 11am to mark the launch of vCreate, a web-based maternity application that allows nurses to record special moments that might have previously been missed by parents of premature babies.
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Launching vCreate at your NHS Trust, a PR and Communications Toolkit


24 March 2018
        

Launching vCreate at your NHS Trust, a PR and Communications Toolkit

This guide provides practical guidance on how to launch the vCreate system from a PR and Communications perspective. The tips you’ll find below come from our experience of previous launches and what units have found most effective in terms of engaging media to run a story. Plus, we’ll take a look at the importance of social media for a successful launch.
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Congratulations to our latest NICU Superhero, Marnie!


20 March 2018
        

Congratulations to our latest NICU Superhero, Marnie!

In every edition of our new parent-focused newsletter, The Little Miracles Roundup, we are celebrating the amazing work of NHS neonatal staff. Last week our NICU Superheroes were Millie and Emma G from St Michael’s Neonatal Unit in Bristol. Next to receive the NICU Superheroes badge of honour is Marnie McVeigh. Marnie is a Neonatal Nurse at the NICU Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Glasgow. Marnie has received not one, but two nominations.

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Mum of preemie twins shares how her NICU experience changed her life, and career


19 March 2018
        

Mum of preemie twins shares how her NICU experience changed her life, and career

My journey to parenthood was a long one. After 3.5 years of unexplained infertility, countless interventions, and a failed round of IVF, I was pregnant. Not only was I expecting one baby, but it was twins. I was overjoyed and terrified. I had been dreaming of that moment for so long, and yet it was hard to relax and enjoy a high-risk pregnancy. The majority of my pregnancy was uneventful until around 27 weeks. At a routine appointment, signs of pre-term labour were noticed and I was checked into the hospital for indefinite bed rest.

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vCreate Launch New Fundraising Campaign to Refurb and Refresh Family Rooms in Neonatal Units


19 March 2018
        

vCreate Launch New Fundraising Campaign to Refurb and Refresh Family Rooms in Neonatal Units

Family rooms provide a haven for parents of premature or poorly babies who need space to relax, make a cup of tea, or spend some quality time with other siblings. Following discussions with unit leaders and nursing staff at NHS Neonatal Units, vCreate is excited to announce details of our latest fundraising campaign to support parents of babies born too soon. “Neonatal Family Room Refurb or Refresh” is a project that aims to improve family rooms in neonatal units across the UK.

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