In this podcast, Gill Phillips speaks to Nadia Leake and Rachel Collum, parents of premature babies who had long stays in neonatal care after birth, about the importance of Family Integrated Care.
Gill developed Whose Shoes?® as a tool to allow people to 'walk in other people's shoes'. Through a wide range of scenarios and topics, Whose Shoes?® helps groups explore many of the concerns, challenges and opportunities facing the different groups affected by the transformation of health and social care.
Nadia Leake and Rachel Collum discuss the need for Family Integrated Care (FIcare) in neonatal intensive care units (NICU). FIcare is an approach that facilitates parents to be primary caregivers to their child while they are in NICU, allowing them to love and nurture their child. For it to work well, it requires a culture in the hospital that encourages bonding and family.
Nadia and Rachel discuss their own experiences of FIcare, and of units where it has not yet been fully developed, and underline how the approach enables families to bond and supports better outcomes for premature babies. They also describe the power of social media in bringing parents together to understand and promote their role in their children's care while in hospital - as parents not visitors.