Northern Ireland

Stormont: Campaign for families of premature babies

Newborn baby in an incubator Image copyright Corbis Royalty Free
Image caption Parents of premature babies often struggle with financial pressures say campaigners

A campaign to provide more support for the families of premature babies is being launched at Stormont.

A survey of almost 200 parents revealed almost 90% faced financial pressure when their babies were in neonatal units.

Daily costs including loss of earnings, travel, and extra food and childcare costs, average about £229 a week.

The charities TinyLife and Bliss are calling on NHS hospitals and employers to do more to help.

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