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Neonatal unit survey of communication, facilities and support for parents of preterm babies

Principal investigators
Karen Hamilton (NPEU (Honorary Member)), Maggie Redshaw (NPEU (Former member))
Sophie Staniszewska (University of Warwick), Jo Brett (University of Warwick)
Organisation and delivery of maternity and neonatal care, Parents
National Childbirth Trust, Big Lottery
Start year
End year
NPEU Contact
Maggie Redshaw


One of the aims of the study, which was the second element of a larger scale project, (POPPY) was to establish what interventions neonatal units use to support parents of pre-term babies, particularly in relation to communication, support and information. The main study involved a collaboration with NCT, BLISS and the RCN. The survey built on previous work by the investigators on the organisation of neonatal care. A questionnaire was developed and sent to all units in the UK. The data the survey collected established a useful baseline of policies, facilities, practice and care interventions with babies, parents and families.

A POPPY study report has been published and disseminated by BLISS and NCT, and three papers have been published in peer reviewed journals


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