Books to tell early ba­bies’ sto­ries

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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.”

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