The impact on your mental health of having a premature or sick baby

Having a premature baby or sick baby in a neonatal unit can have a huge impact on you. Find information and support in this section.

The experiences you might face on the neonatal unit can affect your emotional well-being and mental health, which can sometimes stay with you beyond your time in hospital.

Bliss is here to support and empower you to be involved in your baby’s care, and you are best able to do this when you are supported to look after yourself too.

This information is for mums, dads and all parents to help you find the support that’s right for you. Find out more about how being in neonatal care can affect your mental health and where to get support, how to support someone you know, and how other parents have coped and handled their challenges.

Listen to our podcast - NICU,SCBU and you

Hear the experiences of parents talking openly about their mental health on the unit, how they faced challenges, and how you can get more support from health professionals.