Ngozi Edi-Osagie

Ngozi Edi-Osagie was born in 1964 in Manchester. In the 1970s, she moved with her parents to Nigeria, where she later studied in medicine. She returned to the UK for postgraduate training in paediatrics, and in 2002 she became a consultant neonatologist at St Mary’s Hospital. Over time she has witnessed huge improvements in the survival of premature babies, attributing these to standardising care practices, among other factors. She reflects on supporting families with children in the special care baby unit.

A neonatal patient

Listen to Ngozi talk about the journey parents face in special care baby units.

 

Audio Transcript:

Most people don’t start off their pregnancy, when they see the little sign that says your pregnant, thinking they’re going to end up in a special care baby unit. So it’s always a loss of a dream in a sense for them to come here. And most people come here fearing the worst, that irrespective of what they are told, their baby won’t survive, because they look at the baby, under a kilogram, so small and fragile. And no matter what we tell them, at the back of their minds it’s really difficult for them to conceptualise taking that baby home. So to be able to do that is wonderful.

 

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