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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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"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…


"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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"You are still the parent - not the visitor" - Hannah’s story #FullTermFeelings

February 06, 2024

For Full Term Awareness Month, Hannah shares her story of how her baby girl Maggie, ended up in NICU with Meconium Aspiration Syndrome.

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"Looking back, it was worth every second" - Caitlin’s story #FullTermFeelings

February 06, 2024

Caitlin knew that her baby girl Eden would end up in NICU because her small bowel would be born outside of her body. For Full Term Awareness Month,…

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“Bliss is my first memory of going into the NICU” - Suni’s story

January 24, 2024

Suni’s baby boy, Max, was due to be born on 7 February 2019 but arrived three months early on 7 November 2018. He needed neonatal care for 90 days.

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Intestinal Malrotation Awareness – Beth’s story

January 19, 2024

For Intestinal Malrotation Awareness Week, Beth shares her experience of having a full term baby who was diagnosed with malrotation of the bowel.

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"I had a lot of therapy and support" - Rebecca's story

January 17, 2024

Rebecca shares her experience of having a baby girl born at 30+2 weeks, and how it impacted her mental health.

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"The Bliss Champion was very knowledgeable and guided me in the right direction" - Aiga's story

January 12, 2024

Aiga was 25 weeks pregnant and on holiday with her family in France, when her baby girl Alice was born unexpectedly 14 weeks early. In her story, she…

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"I was half a year into my maternity leave and had not left the hospital with my baby" - Sarah's story

December 21, 2023

At 24 weeks and four days, Sarah gave birth to her baby boy William, who spent six months in neonatal care. Now Will is at home and doing well, Sarah…

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“It’s so hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel when your baby is in NICU” - Jade’s story

December 14, 2023

Jade's son Teddy was born at 32 weeks, and spent over a month in neonatal care. In her story, Jade describes the ups and downs of her journey at…

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“You can't help but feel helpless when your child is in NICU” - Farhaa and Wasim’s story

December 08, 2023

Farhaa and Wasim's son Riyadh was born prematurely at 27 weeks. Through sharing their story, Farhaa and Wasim hope to spread positivity to other…

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“I mostly felt sadness at the experience we had” – Ben’s story

November 29, 2023

Ben's son Reuben was born weighing just 868 grams. Ben hopes that neonatal parents will be encouraged to be open with their feelings and seek support…

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“Every NICU journey is unique but never easy” - Jack’s story #ByYourSide

November 23, 2023

Jack’s twin boys were born at 32 weeks. For World Prematurity Day, he offers his advice to parents going through a neonatal experience and opens up…

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“It’s incredibly important for both parents to be allowed time to heal and grieve.” - Jemmy’s story #ByYourSide

November 15, 2023

Jemmy’s daughter Winry Belle was born at 25 weeks while on a weekend trip to Amsterdam. In her story, Jemmy explains how she and her fiancé Dan’s…

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“Elsie is our true miracle who has defied all odds” - Laura’s story #ByYourSide

November 09, 2023

Laura’s baby was due to be born in October 2020. However, at 27 weeks and four days, three months early, Elsie was born. For World Prematurity Day…

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“I love meeting people who also were born prematurely and supporting others” - Jasmine’s story #ByYourSide

November 08, 2023

Jasmine weighed just 2lb 10oz when she was born 11 weeks early in 1997. For World Prematurity Day 2023, we're celebrating everything she has achieved.

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