Preparing for discharge from NICU/SCN

Preparing to take your baby home from the newborn intensive or special care nursery is an incredibly exciting time, but many parents also feel anxious about caring for their baby by themselves for the first time, without the nurses and doctors there to answer questions. 

We understand that parents and family members of babies needing specialist neonatal care after birth have unique education needs to enable them to care for their babies with confidence post discharge home. 

Dr Rose Boland developed the Baby Safe Program for Preterm Babies to provide parents and grandparents with the latest evidence-based guidance on safe sleeping for preterm infants, recognising signs of serious illness in young babies, knowing when and where to seek professional help and how to provide essential first aid in a baby emergency.

Our Baby Safe Programs for Preterm Babies are designed to cover the essentials of baby safety, without being too overwhelming or too technical.

Safe Sleeping: Making the transition from NICU/SCN to home

Virtual class (via zoom)

In this class, you will learn: 

  • How to create a safe sleep environment for preterm baby from birth to one year of corrected age to reduce the risk of Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI) including SIDS
  • Sleep practices that need to change once baby is discharged home from 
  • Bedding and bedding amount 
  • Avoiding thermal stress (over-heating) 
  • Dressing baby for sleep 
  • Safe cot
  • Breastfeeding or providing breast milk
  • Car travel - car capsules and seats for preterm and low birth weight babies
  • Use of baby slings and carriers
  • Unsafe nursery products for babies


More information:  

This class has been specially designed for parents and families of babies born preterm or sick, who are transitioning from the Neonatal Intensive and/or Special Care Nursery to home. 

The focus is on safe sleep practices to reduce the risk of Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI), including Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). 

In this class, Dr Rose Boland will outline and explain important changes that need to be made when transitioning from the nursery to home, to ensure your baby is in a safe sleep environment every time they are placed down for a sleep. 

Cost: 

$50 for a couple
$40 for a single attendee

Class details: 

This class will be held via zoom, live and interactive with Dr Rose. You will be able to ask questions throughout the class. 

The class is 1.75 - 2 hours in length

10% of all proceeds of this class are donated to Miracle Babies Foundation

Safe Sleeping: Transition from NICU/SCN to home

Safe Sleeping for preterm babies: Transition from NICU/SCN to home

E-Learning Package & Video Series

This E-learning program is designed to assist you to create a safe sleep environment for your baby for the first year of life. It outlines and explains important changes you need to make when transitioning from the newborn intensive or special care nursery to home to ensure your baby is in a safe environment every time they are placed down for a sleep. 


Package contents: 

  • 55 lessons 
  • Two videos
  • Self-checks 
  • Resources for preterm and sick babies 


The  videos cover:

  • Safe sleeping to reduce the risk of SUDI
  • Safe wrapping (swaddling)
  • Use of a safe sleeping bag


Cost: $55

10% of all proceeds are donated to Miracle Babies Foundation when this package is purchased via the Miracle Babies shop on their website.

Precious Care

proudly supports Miracle Babies Foundation

Miracle Babies Foundation is Australia’s leading not-for-profit organisation supporting premature and sick newborns, their families and the hospitals that care for them. Every year in Australia, 48,000 babies are born premature or sick, requiring the specialised care of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) or Special Care Nursery (SCN). The experience of having a baby born premature or sick can be life-changing and it affects the entire family unit. 

If you have had a baby born premature or sick and are in need of support, visit the Miracle Babies website for more information on family support services, or call the Miracle Babies Nurture Line (24 hour family support helpline) on 1300 622 243 (1300MBABIES) 


Miracle Babies Foundation

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