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Stories and features about babies born premature or sick, their families and the health professionals who care for them.

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“Be kind to yourselves, take all the support you can get and accept help” - Elspeth’s and Craig’s story

Elspeth and Craig's identical twins Remy and Forrest were born at 29 weeks and five days. In their story, they share all the ups and down of their journey to bringing their boys home after 74 days in neonatal care.
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"I tried to be at the hospital as much as possible and felt horribly guilty every time I had to go" – Lauren’s story

June 11, 2024

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‘Last summer really showed us all that life is worth fighting for’ – Holly’s story

June 04, 2024

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‘I obsessively read parents stories to reassure myself that a good outcome was possible’ - Sarah’s story

June 03, 2024

A parent in a hospital chair smiles looking down at their premature baby, who is directly against the skin on their chest, wrapped in a blanket. The baby has some medical tubes and wires attached to them.

‘The hardest part of the journey was when I was discharged, and I had to leave my tiny 3-day old baby’ – Eleanor’s story #FamiliesKeptApart

May 02, 2024

As part of our accommodation campaign, #FamiliesKeptApart, Eleanor shares how hard it was to leave her newborn baby at hospital, while caring for her…

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So close yet so far – Natasha’s story #FamiliesKeptApart

April 18, 2024

As part of our accommodation campaign, #FamiliesKeptApart, Natasha shares how important it is for parents to have access to good quality…

Ellie

My son’s journey with Bartter Syndrome - Ellie’s story

April 16, 2024

Ellie’s son Harry was born prematurely at 29 weeks, in January 2013. In her story, Ellie talks us through Harry’s journey with Bartter Syndrome, and…

Ashley

“Visiting my own baby – I couldn’t comprehend it” - Ashley’s story #FamiliesKeptApart

April 16, 2024

As part of our campaign, #FamiliesKeptApart, Ashley illustrates why it was so important to stay on the unit with her baby.

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“Be proud of the small steps your little ones make” - Paige and Kieran's story

April 16, 2024

Paige and Kieran's son Arthur was born at 30 weeks and spent 47 days in NICU. In their story, Paige offers her advice to other parents going through…

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“It is so hard to see your baby in hospital” - Wioletta’s story

April 16, 2024

Wioletta shares her story of having two premature babies, Angelina and Dominic, who were born seven and four weeks early, as well as reflecting on…

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“I found the Bliss website so I could read and prepare myself for what was about to unfold” - Richard’s story

April 16, 2024

Richard’s baby boy Hugo spent ten days in NICU. In his story, he shares how the Bliss website helped him during their neonatal journey, and the…

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“Biliary Atresia is such a scary condition, but Isaac fought so hard” - Rhiannon’s story

April 16, 2024

Rhiannon’s baby boy Isaac was born just shy of 37 weeks. In her story, she shares how Isaac was diagnosed with Biliary Atresia, which he fought so…

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122 days in neonatal care - Katrina's story

April 12, 2024

Katrina's daughter Sienna was born at 26+3 weeks. In her story and own personal letter to Sienna, she shares her experience of being a single parent…

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"No matter how I felt at times, I came to realise I wasn’t alone in feeling that way" - Niki's story

March 19, 2024

Niki's son Arwyn was born at 37 weeks via c-section in February 2023. In her story, Niki shares her feelings towards their NICU experience, and the…

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"Accept the support and help from friends and family" - Chelsey’s story

February 27, 2024

Chelsey's son Charlie was born via c-section, and from there was admitted to NICU. In her story, Chelsey shares how she was also battling an…

Brittanny

"Whether your child is in NICU for a day or 100 days, your feelings are valid" - Brittanny's story

February 26, 2024

Brittanny gave birth to her son at 36+5 weeks, after a pre-eclampsia diagnosis. Her baby boy spent eight days in NICU, and in her story, Brittanny…

Rachael

"Nothing could have prepared me" - Rachael's story #FullTermFeelings

February 26, 2024

Rachael's son Tristan was born at 39+2 weeks at a midwife-led freestanding birth unit. As soon as he was born, he was whisked away to NICU where he…

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“My baby was full term, surely I had no right to complain?” - Lily’s story #FullTermFeelings

February 22, 2024

A few hours after Lily's baby girl was born at full term, she was whisked away to NICU. For Full Term Awareness, Lily shares what it was like to be a…

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"Never ignore reduced movements" - Samantha's story #FullTermFeelings

February 13, 2024

Samantha's daughter Abbie was born at 38 weeks after experiencing reduced movements towards the end of her pregnancy. For Full Term Awareness Month,…

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