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Official launch for new neonatal DadPad

On World Prematurity Day last November, the Cornish company behind the DadPad announced the development of a new version of their “fatherhood at your fingertips” guide for dads - DadPad Neonatal. DadPad Neonatal, a guide for dads of premature babies, was launched on Father’s Day at Poole Hospital’s Neonatal Unit in Dorset which has close ties with founder Julian Bose, pictured.

The DadPad was initially created by Julian at Inspire Cornwall CIC to fill a gap in services and support for new dads, helping them to prepare for the life-changing experience of having a child. DadPad Neonatal was developed in partnership with Professor Minesh Khashu, Consultant Neonatologist and Professor of Perinatal Health at Poole Hospital and with the assistance of grant funding from the National Lottery Awards4All. It contains help, information, guidance and support for dads who find themselves on a neonatal unit. In a further expansion of the DadPad, the new version also includes space to add notes and photos, acting as a keepsake and a journal for new dads.

To celebrate the launch of DadPad Neonatal on Father’s Day, Julian and staff at the Poole Hospital Neonatal Unit invited some of the families whose babies had been admitted to the unit, as well as the dads and families who helped Julian and Professor Khashu develop the content.

Julian commented:

“Prof. Khashu and I have worked together for almost two years to develop this neonatal edition of the DadPad, after identifying a need to provide support to dads of newborn babies requiring specialist neonatal care.

 “When a baby is born prematurely, both baby and mum may require medical attention and this can leave dads feeling helpless and isolated. We hope that the DadPad Neonatal will offer support, guidance and resources to help during what can be a very challenging time for families.”

Professor Khashu added:

“We were delighted to be part of the launch of this innovative product. Dads of preterm and unwell babies often find themselves in a very difficult situation with very little support. DadPad Neonatal brings together a range of information to meet their needs, hopefully  making them feel better informed and supported.”

The Neonatal Unit at Poole Hospital will supply a copy of the DadPad Neonatal to every dad on the unit in the next year. The other unit to benefit from the initial roll-out of this new initiative is the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Treliske; their allocation will be arriving shortly. Samples of the DadPad Neonatal have also been sent to all 170+ neonatal units in the UK and Julian hopes to see the resource become more widely available in the coming months.

If you would like to find out more information about the DadPad, DadPad Neonatal or how you can make the most of the service, visit: http://www.thedadpad.co.uk/

Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Longfleet Road, Poole, Dorset BH15 2JB. Tel: 01202 665511

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