New Life is a charity dedicated to supporting babies cared for in neonatal units, by providing grants for hospitals to purchase vital equipment that improves the changes of a positive outcome. Babies in neonatal units are often fighting for their lives and rely on expert care, attention and facilities if they are to survive. It is also a traumatic time for parents and relatives as they come to terms with the shock of a premature birth, the medical challenges their baby faces and how they can support their newborn in it's first days.
Every year over 100,000 babies are cared for in neonatal units in the UK because they have either been born prematurely (before 37 weeks of pregnancy), or made it to full term (after 37 weeks) but are too sick to go home.
It costs the NHS in excess of £1,000 per day to look after a baby who requires intensive care in a neonatal unit.
Photograph courtesy of Clare Shapcott Photography.