MP gets behind baby awareness campaign

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CITY MP Penny Mordaunt has backed a campaign highlighting the financial implications of having a premature baby.

Ms Mordaunt attended a parliamentary event organised by Bliss, a charity which helps care for sick newborns, to see how it is raising awareness of the issue.

It has released a report that reveals parents of a baby admitted to neonatal care face extra costs amounting to £2,256 during their stay.

The cost of food and drink averaged £53 a week, while parents faced travel costs including petrol and parking averaging more than £100 per week.

The document, called It’s not a game: the very real costs of having a premature or sick baby, was put together on the back of a survey carried out with more than 1,300 parents and 178 hospitals across the UK.

Ms Mordaunt, who represents Portsmouth North, said: ‘I am delighted to support Bliss to ensure all babies born premature and sick and their families get the vital support they need.’