A new video from Poland makes a strong case for engaging with fathers in neonatal units.
Among its recommendations are:
- Provide information to parents together. Two people asking questions and processing the information, then discussing it together, will result in better understanding than just communicating to one person.
- Involve fathers in all tasks. Have a task board by the bed, showing the tasks that have been allocated to the mother, the father and the health staff.
- 24-hour access to the unit for parents so that working parents can visit around their work, whatever their working hours.
Mothers and fathers talk in the video.
“I have no idea what I would have done without him being there with me.” (Mother)
“It’s very important always to have someone here, to sing and to cuddle, and to care for them.” (Father)
“I give the chance to the mother to go about her daily routine in a better, calmer way, knowing I’m here with the baby.” (Father)
“Kangaroo care together. These are the unforgettable moments….When we cried together.” (Mother)
Photo: Beside You Association.