Helping parents through their NICU journey in the ethos of
family integrated care
by the Neonatal Team - Imperial College NHS, London
Welcome to our neonatal units! The neonatal team at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust is strongly committed with a shared vision to provide excellent, family-centred, caring and compassionate care for our premature and term babies and their families.
Our aim is to work in partnership with parents to create a consistent, nurturing environment where they feel engaged, enabled, educated and empowered as the primary caregivers to their baby. We believe parents are experts in their babies care.
The IFDC App
Recording the steps of your journey
Record your favourite memories to revisit your journey.
Plot your Baby's growth on your own chart to see progress over time.
Organise and track your expressing times and volumes.
Skin to Skin
Visually document your skin-to-skin sessions with your Baby.
Track your Baby's feeding journey while in the neonatal unit and after discharge.
Memories and skin-to-skin sessions can be shared with family and friends.
Whether it’s twins, triplets or even quadruplets! Track each of their journeys separately with support for multiple babies.
Share between Parents (ios)
Use your iCloud account to share your babies journey between devices and with another parent.
and there’s more…
The IFDC Mobile App provides extensive information to guide and support parents through their journey.
Conveniently access information about your NHS Trust.This includes contact details, custom curriculum content and a tailored onboarding experience.
Understand the benefits of family integrated care models both for you and for your Baby. Our Curriculum and our parent educational material can be a great help during your journey.
Understand the development of your Baby outside of the womb from 23 weeks to 42 weeks gestation. The timeline provides basic guidance on the development and the progress of babies in the neonatal unit.
Understand the medical terms often used in neonatal care. If you want to know more, see the detailed chapters in the Curriculum.
Record your questions here so you can then discuss them with the neonatal team looking after your Baby, who will be very happy to help.
The IFDC has helped many parents of premature babies take an active role in their newborn’s treatment. Here’s some of their thoughts on the experience they had.
”I really think it does empower parents in their roleDanielaParent
“Thanks to the IFDC programme we soon stopped feeling helpless and instead felt really empowered.”Baby H's ParentParent
“I am passionate about the care we were shown and really hope as many mothers, fathers and babies as possible can have similar.”KatieParent
“It does make you feel part of the team and allows you to become the experts of your baby from the very beginning.”DanielaParent