24 years caring for premmies

Wednesday 26 October 2016

karen-hose_1A photo wall in the corridors of the RBWH’s Neonatal Unit features the little graduates who had a tough start to life. The photos are a reminder for staff of the important role they play in the lives of premature babies and their families.

“It always gives us pleasure and satisfaction to look at the photos and see how well those families are doing despite some very difficult circumstances,” says Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Karen Hose.

With two adult children of her own, Karen has been nursing for many years, 24 of those in Neonatal care.

“Working in Neonatal Units has made me appreciate how lucky I am to have had two normal and healthy birth outcomes,” says Karen.

She admits there are times of sadness in any Neonatal Unit when babies don’t survive to go home with their families, either because they are born at extremely early gestation, or, if there is a significant congenital or perinatal issue that has severely affected them.

Fortunately, most of the outcomes are positive and a lot of families bring their babies back to the Neonatal Unit for a visit, which Karen says is absolutely delightful.

Approximately 4,300 babies are born at the Royal every year with around 8 in 100 being born premature. Current research being conducted at the RBWH aims to find ways to ensure the best possible outcomes for those premature babies.