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These resources are designed to support clinicians and parents in the care of neonates.

Making a nest for your newborn in the hospital setting

Exploring the parent journey in the neonatal unit

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Books for bubs in the NICU

Books for Bubs in the NICU aims to support families during their time in the NICU with their babies. The program was developed by Arona Gibbons after her twin grandsons, Bodhi and Jarrah were born at 26 weeks gestation and spent their first months of life in the NICU. 

During their initial time in the NICU, holding and touching the boys was almost impossible for their parents, and so they started reading, talking and singing to them. Arona and the boy’s parents, Taycee and Owen could see that using their voices helped to settle the boys when they were having a hard day and helped to build their bond as a family.

Very sadly, Bodhi passed away at just one month old, but the memories the family were able to create with him by reading and singing to him is something they will treasure forever. Jarrah went on to spend two more months at NICU where he was read and sang to as much as possible. His love for books now continues. 

Arona has since started this program and has joined together with Paint the Lake Read, an early literacy program. This program encourages and supports all families to read, talk and sing with their children, in order to support their child’s brain development and strengthen their emotional attachment. 

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Please note Paint the Town REaD materials are protected under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-Share A like 3.0 Unported License and cannot be altered or replicated without permission.

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  • Positive Touch Practice Guideline
  • Five Step Dialogue Fact Sheet
  • How to Make a Nest Fact Sheet
  • Caring for your baby in the neonatal setting
  • The NIDCAP Federation International has a range of useful resources.
  • Keys to care giving program has a series of videos designed for use with staff as well as parent booklets and easy-to-read fact sheets that help explain the concepts for families.
  • No matter how small is a useful video for families. 
  • Neonatal Development Care offers a video series that focuses on topics from cues to caregiving, and provides free online resources.
  • BLISS is a UK website that has useful resources for staff and families.