Tommy’s get tech My Premature Baby App

When my son was born it was a bit of a trauma, emergency caesarean, general anaesthetic, baby a bit premature and me a bit ill. My husband stood alone in the corridor at midnight while I was whisked off one way, our baby another.

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Fast forward 24 hours and baby boy is in an incubator improving by the minute. It took 3 days for me to improve enough to see him for the first time, which is something that still bothers me 14 years on.

My boy is now a healthy sporty bean pole despite his dramatic entry into the world, but I still remember the worry while he was in special baby care.

Monday 17 November marked World Prematurity Day,

1 in every 13 babies are born prematurely in the UK each year around 60,000 births, and they frequently need monitoring and support in hospital for days, weeks or even months. Premature babies haven’t finished growing and the earlier they are born, the more likely they are to experience health issues such as chronic lung disease or bowel problems, and to struggle with feeding and keeping warm.

1 in 5 parents of premature babies are afraid to tell family and friends their baby has arrived so baby charity Tommy’s have come up with a FREE APP to help parents.

The Tommy’s My Premature Baby App has been designed in consultation with mums and dads of premature babies. It will act as a companion for parents, giving them practical advice and insight through those early days on the Neonatal Unit or Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU), it’s features include:

  • Tommy’s expert Having a Premature Baby Guide, available in an easily searchable format
  • A diary feature, allowing parents to record their baby’s progress, significant milestones such as coming off breathing support, and their own thoughts and feelings.
  • Users will also be able to search for other people’s prematurity diaries on the app.
  • The ability to plot weight and height on development charts customised for premature babies
  • The ability to record times, amounts and types of feeding and set alarms for breast feeding or expressing
  • A sharing function, so that baby’s pictures and progress can be shared easily with loved ones or shared more widely via Facebook.
  • A Finding Friends feature. Mums and dads can enter their own postcode and contact other local parents by email who have been through the prematurity journey.https://prematurityapp.org/login.php?error=1&returnURL=register_baby.php

Tommy’s My Premature Baby App is free of charge and available for download from Monday 17 November from www.prematurityapp.org

Please spread the word and help support parents of premature babies.

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10 Comments

  1. December 9, 2014 / 23:47

    Oh my goodness, that must have been a very worrying time. So glad that your son is doing well now. What a good idea to create an app to help parents with premature babies track progress and keep records of things.

    • December 9, 2014 / 23:53

      Good to look things up or send updates to friends too as they sit with their baby.

  2. November 29, 2014 / 18:58

    I think being connected to other parents and trained staff will be comforting.

  3. November 27, 2014 / 13:11

    That’s such a great idea for an app. Thanks for sharing as I can imagine how it must have brought the scary memories flooding right back x

  4. November 25, 2014 / 19:56

    What a fantastic idea, like you say tracking progress is vital in these early days when every little improvement is a victory and mazing you can use it to link up with other Mums x

    • November 25, 2014 / 20:14

      Yes,and it’s free so more mums can use it if they want.

    • November 25, 2014 / 19:17

      It really is as I think some parents feel quite isolated in their situation.

  5. Mama Blueberry
    November 24, 2014 / 16:32

    Wow fantastic App. Its little things like this that really help when you are in a world of unknown. You must be so proud looking at your big boy now. Thanks for sharing.

    • November 24, 2014 / 17:47

      Thanks, I found it hard adding that pic. x

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