Other ways of keeping in contact

In addition to visits, you can also maintain contact with your child through letters, phone or video calls and email. 

    • Asking your partner or other family members to take regular photos and home-videos of what your child has been doing can help you to share in your child’s life and development throughout the period you are in hospital.
    • Having seen them participating in day-to-day activities will also give you things to talk to them about when you do see or speak to them.
It will help to make sure your child has photographs, or other physical reminders of you at home, so they can feel close to you.
    • Children will probably also enjoy seeing pictures of themselves pinned up on your hospital board, reassuring them that you are thinking of them while you are away.