Westmead Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) launched the Heart to Heart program to help parents and their babies cope with separation.
The program involves soft fabric hearts being worn against the parent’s skin to absorb their scent. When parents cannot be close to their baby, the heart can be placed with the baby, so they know the parent is always with them. The familiar scent of the mother helps provide a calming environment for the baby.
Pictured here is Westmead Hospital NICU mother Nora Parvez and her newborn Kai Parvez.