Premature babies are very sensitive to their environments and Tiny Lives has funded the purchase of several practical and technological innovations that help to create a calm environment for the babies on the ward and reduce stress.
Tiny Lives also pays for improvements that help to create a homely environment for families who spend many hours on the unit with their baby.
Noise Level Monitors
Noise can increase a baby’s stress level and interfere with their sleep. Tiny Lives has funded the purchase of “big electronic ears” which monitor noise levels and inform staff when the level is not acceptable for a baby’s development.
There are three ‘rooming in’ rooms on Ward 35 where parents can stay overnight with their babies in preparation for going home. The rooms often mark the end of a long neonatal journey and offer parents some much valued privacy, with the reassurance that staff are close at hand should they be needed.
Tiny Lives has met the costs of refurbishing the parents flats so that they provide a comfortable, homely environment for the families that use them.
“You find its the small things that really make a huge difference in hospital; the flats looking like a home make a massive difference. Pictures on the wall, a tv, your own shower, even having a comfy sofa to sit on!”
Tiny Lives has met the cost of installing storage lockers in the ward so that parents have somewhere to keep their personal belongings while spending time with their baby.