The Small Wonders DVD has been created as a resource for parents of sick and premature babies using the knowledge and skill of over 100 experts in neonatal care and 14 families who allowed Best Beginnings to follow their individual journeys in caring for premature babies.

UK-based child health charity Best Beginnings, working with six medical Royal College, UNICEF and more than 15 other organisations, is rolling out a national Small Wonders Change Programme implemented by over 400 nurse, doctor and midwife ‘Champions’ within hospitals throughout the UK to help families of premature and sick babies in the UK irrespective of their socio-economic group, receive the same high quality family-centered care.

At the centre of the programme is the Small Wonders DVD, which is the culmination of two years of intensive work for Best Beginnings and follows fourteen families, charting the real-life experiences the parents faced as they met, cared for, and returned home with their premature or sick baby.  With 80,000 babies in the UK each year born either premature or sick it is designed as a tool to enable neonatal staff to support and advise parents through their baby’s stay, and encourage parents to play a pivotal role in the care their baby receives in ways that have been proven to positively impact health outcomes, interventions and activities such expressing breast milk, responding to their baby’s non-verbal cues and having skin-to-skin contact.

There are 12 films on the DVD, divided by chapters, each covering a different topic which parents can select individually depending on the support they need.  An information booklet is also included in which parents can record their baby’s progress as well as their thoughts and feelings.

  1. Introduction
  2. Birth
  3. First Hours
  4. Expressing breast milk
  5. Holding your baby
  6. Your time in hospital
  7. Feeding Independently
  8. Preparing for home
  9. First months at home
  10. Twins and Triplets
  11. Bereavement
  12. One year on

Best Beginnings is a UK based charity dedicated to reducing health inequalities in under-two-year-olds by helping families give their baby the best possible start in life. For more information you can visit the website:

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The Small Wonders DVD is free for a year for parents in hospital with their premature and sick babies. It can be purchased separately for £5 + P&P from the Best Beginnings website or for £6 from eBay.

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Last Update: Tuesday, 4th September 2012