Bliss campaigner Catriona Ogilvy organised a visit her local special care baby unit by her MP Steve Reed on Tuesday 15 September, to speak to families of premature and sick babies and the staff that care for them.
As well as campaigning for Bliss, Catriona runs her own blog, The Smallest Things. She gave birth to two premature sons and is acutely aware of the problems premature and sick babies face. She was keen for her local MP to speak to families on the unit and learn more about their experiences.
Steve Reed, MP for Croydon North, had the opportunity to speak to staff members from the unit at Croydon University Hospital, and learn about the challenges the unit faces, as well as recent research projects they have been involved in. He was also shown around and spoke to two mums with babies on the unit, one whose baby was born at 25 weeks, and on whose baby was born at 33 weeks (pictured).
He said: “It’s hard to imagine anything more worthwhile than looking after babies born too soon to survive without the specialised care and love they receive from the incredible staff at the unit. The parents I spoke to were so grateful for the quality of support that’s available, and the dedication and professionalism of the staff shone out of everything they did. I can’t praise this incredible service highly enough.”
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