WHEN you bring your newborn home, you want to know who this little baby is. What does he/she like, dislike? How is he/she speaking to you? And you can explore and enjoy these questions in the relaxed safe cocoon of home. In that early phase, you can luxuriate in discovering what your baby is revealing about himself.
But what if your newborn can’t come home straightaway? What if your child is very unwell, has an underlying condition and needs surgery?
Infant Mental Health Awareness Week begins June 12, with talks/contributions from hospital disciplines including physio, nursing, occupational, speech and language and music therapies, chaplaincy, psychiatry, psychology, play specialism and dietician. Supports include meditations to help parents manage stress, developmental play leaflets, soundbank of nursery rhymes/songs to sing to baby in ICU, peer support groups for parents expressing/feeding, baby books and baby massage tips.
- Tuesday, June 13, 12.30-1.30pm, Dr Claire Crowe and Joanne McClelland will present a webinar on infant mental health at play. Register in advance: exa.mn/infant-mental-health