Support for Families

The Winnicott Foundation aims to support families through the difficult days, weeks and months in a neonatal unit, and afterwards. Support is available to families with a baby in the Winnicott Baby Unit or Queen Charlotte’s Neonatal Unit, and after they have left.

Travel and Accommodation costs:
If your baby/babies have been transferred from another hospital, or you are experiencing financial difficulties, we may be able to help you with travel costs or in some cases short-term hotel accommodation.

Books and Information:
The Winnicott Foundation buys books and DVDs for parents to borrow. These are in the parent room, by the seating area in reception and available from the developmental care team.

Parent Rooms:
Each unit has parent bedrooms and sitting rooms

Breastfeeding support:
All mothers expressing their milk should receive a free hand breast pump for use at home, provided by the Winnicott Foundation.

Welcome bags:
New families will receive a Welcome Bag from the Winnicott Foundation – a cool bag containing a toy for baby and a little book, pen, ice packs and information on the charity.

Support group:
A parent support group is held each week at each unit. Speak to your baby's nurse for details.

Links to websites that you may find helpful:

www.imperial.nhs.uk
Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust website, incorporating Queen Charlotte’s and St Mary’s Hospitals

Registering a birth

St Mary’s:
www.westminster.gov.uk/services/communityandliving/registrar/

Queen Charlotte’s:
www.lbhf.gov.uk/directory/community_and_living/birth_marriage_and_death/homepage.asp#0

Information and Support

www.neonatal.org.uk
The website for the North West London neonatal network

www.bliss.org.uk
The national newborn baby charity providing a parent support helpline and other support services (includes a fuller list of useful organisations)

www.counselling-directory.org.uk

Links to support organisations and helpful infomation

www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk
NHS Direct  information on local GPs, dentists and other health services, including in different languages

www.tfl.gov.uk
Transport for London

www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies
To keep little ones busy!

www.adviceguide.org.uk
Advisory service provided by the Citizens Advice Bureaux; offers information in a number of different languages

www.cafamily.org.uk
Support for families with a disabled child

www.nidcap.org
Newborn Individualised Developmental Care and Assessment Programme

www.abm.me.uk
Association of breastfeeding mothers

www.laleche.org.uk
La Leche League breastfeeding support

www.nct.org.uk
National Childbirth Trust  parenting support and information

www.Breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk
Breastfeeding support

www.clapa.com
Cleft Lip and Palate Association

www.tamba.org.uk
Twins and Multiple Births Association (including local support groups)

www.cry-sis.org.uk
Support and information for parents with excessively crying or sleepless babies

www.marchofdimes.com
American parenting website with information on neonatal care

Clothing and Nursery Equipment

www.tinybabyandco.com
Clothing for babies up to 3.5kgs

www.kari-me.com
Specialises in innovative baby carriers

www.childcarseats.org.uk
Department of Transport child car seat news

www.babycentre.co.uk
Ideas for what you may need when going home

www.expressyourselfmums.co.uk
Breastfeeding and expressing accessories including bras, pillows and equipment for special needs

www.kiddicare.com
Nursery equipment and baby items

www.greenbaby.com
Leading eco-friendly baby and children's brand

www.mothercare.co.uk
Baby clothes and nursery equipment

www.johnlewis.com
Nursery equipment and baby items