Circumstances requiring neonatal admission
Sometimes when a baby is born it has difficulty breathing and needs some resuscitation from the midwives. If the baby doesn’t respond as expected to resuscitation, then it can be transferred to the paediatric ward for further care, usually some IV fluids and oxygen.
If the baby is showing signs of infection, or the mother has a history putting the baby at risk of infection, then it will go to the paediatric ward for assessment and start IV antibiotics, but may stay with its mother between treatments. Most babies will be under the care of the paediatric team for about 5 days to complete any course of antibiotics and make sure the baby is feeding well before going home.
Premature babies will also need to spend some time on the paediatric ward, depending on their weight at delivery. Monkey Ward is especially for those babies coming from maternity and we encourage mothers to do kangaroo care for their babies; where the baby is nursed against the mother’s or carer’s chest. Most babies born after 33 weeks do very well if they are kept warm, dry and fed frequently, exactly what kangaroo care offers.
WHAT MAMA IS DOING
Resuscitation and after-care to babies with breathing difficulties
Treating infected new borns with an IV of antibiotics
Looking after premature babies and supporting families with kangaroo care
HOW YOU CAN HELP
£4 per day covers a newborn admission to the ward as well all drugs and equipment needed for treating the baby