Neonatal research

If your baby is born early or sick and is being cared for on the neonatal unit, you may be asked to take part in research.

Research looks at different conditions affecting babies such as breathing problems, feeding, infection and making things easier for parents and their babies.

We run a number of different studies, some are developed locally by doctors and nurses on the neonatal unit and others are carried out nationally.

Some trials are really simple and don’t take up too much time. Taking part is really simple and most studies will be completed while your baby is on the unit, although there may be some follow up when your baby is about two years old. This can be carried out at a place that is convenient for you.

It is positive to see research conducted on the neonatal unit which benefits our baby and the future development of babies on the ward.

All of the research is done individually and it is entirely up to you if you want to take part. You will be asked about taking part in research as part of the normal routine care you receive, either before you give birth or when your baby is on the neonatal unit. You will be given lots of information to help you make a decision.

Research is important and it is your choice to let your baby take part. The care that your baby is receiving is based on research and it is important to continue this research to give the best care possible to babies and families in the future.

Useful links

Bliss 

Infant – November 2015 issue – for neonatal and paediatric healthcare professionals