Parents urged not to use facemask on their baby

Parents and guardians of babies under 12 months are advised not to cover their mouths with facemasks as it could cause breathing difficulties. While there have been no reports of ‘baby masks’ being sold in Devon, Torbay or Somerset, parents and guardians are urged not to buy them as they could harm their baby’s health.

The advice comes from Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading...

The Big Breastfeeding Café Returns for 2020! 

Fast becoming the largest annual breastfeeding celebration in the country, The Big Breastfeeding Café is back for 2020. The iconic event is set to connect thousands of families on the 6th May.

Now in its 5th year, the national campaign is set to be the biggest yet. Led by the world’s leading breastfeeding brand, Medela, the initiative will see a network of mini events taking place on...

CuddleCot donation grants gift of time for bereaved parents

A thoughtful donation has been received by our maternity department, to help parents who suffer the loss of a baby. Amber and Josh Goddard fundraised to purchase a Flexmort CuddleClot, which they have kindly gifted to Derriford Hospital in memory of their baby son, Mylo.

“It had been a real struggle to get pregnant because of having polycystic ovaries,” describes Amber, “but then I was...

A Service of Remembering Together

On Sunday 2nd October, there will be a special service for parents who have experienced bereavement through the loss of a pregnancy or death of a baby.

The service will take place at 2.00pm and will be held in the Chapel on level seven at Derriford Hospital. The Chapel will be also be open from 1.00pm for the opportunity to meet other parents and talk things over with a chaplain or...

Bring a baby to help beat world record!

The call has gone out to all mums, dads, grandparents and carers to help bag the record for the most babies gathered together in one spot and held in a carrier or sling.

The world beating attempt is being held on Saturday, September 17th at 1:30pm at the Plymouth Piazza.

Registration starts from 11am and anyone who would like to borrow a carrier or sling is asked to call Eva’s...

Pregnancy research at Derriford in international spotlight

Researchers at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust have played a key role in two major, national trials which will change treatment for mothers-to-be.

The results of the trials have been published in international journals within days of each other.

The OPPTIMUM study was published in The Lancet at the weekend and The 35/39 Trial was published in the New England Journal of Medicine (...

‘ARNI’ arrives in Plymouth

Last week, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust was host to the first Advanced Resuscitation of the Newborn Infant (ARNI) course in the South-West. This new national course has been developed through the Resuscitation Council with the support of BLISS – the parent and baby charity.

The course is aimed at nurses, nurse practitioners and doctors who provide care to sick babies in a hospital...

Saying Goodbye service in Plymouth

Families from Plymouth, South West Devon and Cornwall who have suffered the pain of baby loss at any stage of pregnancy, birth or in infancyare invited to join a special service on Saturday 30th April 2016 at 7pm at Plymouth Minster.

The International ‘Saying Goodbye’services helpfamilies pay tribute to their lost babies and provide an opportunity for people to say goodbye.


Celebration for World Prematurity Day

Families who have stayed on Derriford Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) celebrated World Prematurity Day 2015 this week and helped unit staff to raise £300.

This year, NICU staff decided to highlight World Prematurity Day, on Tuesday 17 November, by inviting Mums, Dads, babies and children, with connections to NICU, to come to Derriford Health and Leisure Centre for an...

New blood test for unborn babies

Research into a simple, accurate and low risk blood test that can detect fetal blood group, sex, and genetic conditions in unborn babies has been published in the international scientific journal, Clinical Chemistry.

The research is the result of a collaboration between Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust and Plymouth University. The DNA test costs pence and is non-invasive – as opposed to...