Incubator, The

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2015113020151202 (R4)Clare Jenkins presents a personal insight into the world of premature babies.||It's something she knew nothing about until Christmas 2013, when her twin nephews were born, four months premature, at King's College Hospital in London.|They were immediately transferred to the neonatal intensive care unit. One twin, Harry, died three weeks later. The other, Jack, survived, with long-term health problems. Their parents - Clare's brother and sister-in-law - spent months by Jack's bedside. From knowing nothing about incubators, CPAPs, canulas and high dependency units, they found themselves plunged into a very different, and very intense world. They moved house and careers, and their 'normal' life turned upside down.|Of course, they're far from being the only ones. Every year, the KCH neonatal unit admits around 700 babies. Some are premature, others are full-term but with a variety of health problems. Some babies stay for just a few days, others for over a year.|Clare talks to parents whose everyday lives have been put on hold as their baby's struggle becomes all-consuming. As well as talking to her brother and sister-in-law, she hears from a mother whose son has a rare liver condition and a couple whose daughter - born at 23 weeks - is now at home after spending her first four months among bright lights and ever-bleeping monitors.|All these children owe their survival to the dedication and extraordinary high-tech skills of the doctors, surgeons and nurses, and to the care and expertise of a whole team of people, including ophthalmologists, radiographers, speech and language therapists, physiotherapists.|How do people in this immensely stressful situation - both parents and staff - cope?|A Pennine production for BBC Radio 4.