Books to tell early babies’ stories
Babies born prematurely at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary will be given little notebooks for their mums and dads to record the precious first days of their lives thanks to the work of a north-east children’s charity.
The neonatal unit at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary cares for newborns who arrive into the world too early or are extremely ill, and the new journals, funded by the Friends of the Special Nursery, have been designed to help their parents remember every important moment of their time there.
And if some parents cannot make it to the unit for a day, the nurses of the special nursery will be able to leave notes
“Funded by the Friends of the Special Nursery”
for them in the books to let them know what their newborns have been up to in their absence.
Once the youngster is old enough or well enough to leave, the “My Journey” books will serve as a keepsake for their families to enjoy in the future.
Kirsty Bishop, the chairwoman of Friends of the Special Nursery, said: “The notebooks came about because the nurses have always been leaving little notes for the parents – from funny things the babies have done overnight, to updates on how they’re getting on if a parent has been stuck at home, for whatever reason.
“Mums and dads can take notes in it, put their pictures in it, anything they want – they will serve as a way to keep all of the information about their newborn together in one place.
“When you’re a parent in this situation, there’s a lot of pressure and you tend to forget things, so having a notebook to keep all your thoughts and questions for staff in is really important.”