Promoting attachment, providing memories

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 21 December 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1615
  1. Ben Stenson, lecturer in paediatricsa
  1. a Neonatal Unit, Simpson Memorial Maternity Pavilion, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH3 9YN

    Dear mummy

    I am really glad that you are my mummy because you sound, feel, and smell really nice. I am looking forward to be held in your arms properly and when I get a bit older I'll be able to focus on you and see how beautiful you are. That's what Dad says anyway and I believe him. Thank you for looking after me when I was on the inside—I felt really good in there—but I just couldn't wait to come out and see you. I know you have both been really worried about me in the last few days but I think I am feeling a little better now—hang in there Mum cos I'm hanging in there for you. I love you lots Mummy.


    Dear Mummy and Daddy

    Well that's the first day out of the way. I now have a long line in. What it means is I can have more food to make me fatter as I am a wee baby. I have got this bright light in my incubator because I am a wee bit jaundiced but under this light and under my bubble wrap hiding in my incubator I feel like the crown jewels. I was really chuffed you came up to …

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