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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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“It was the scariest moment of my life” - Bethany’s story

March 30, 2023

Bethany had her baby boy at 26 weeks. She shares her advice for other parents with a premature baby on the NICU: to write down all of your questions…

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In Their Hands - Emma's story

March 17, 2023

When Emma gave birth to her baby girl at full term, she did not expect that Sophie would be whisked off to critical care. Emma shares her neonatal…

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"Finding Bliss and its information was invaluable" - Aimee and Tom's story

March 09, 2023

Aimee and Tom share their story of having triplets born prematurely at 31 weeks and five days. They offer their advice to parents on the unit and…

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Our experience with Hirschsprung’s disease – Elizabeth’s story

February 28, 2023

Elizabeth gave birth to her twin boys Seb and Alex at 27 weeks and five days. For Rare Disease Day, she shares Seb’s experience of being diagnosed…

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I could do all the practical things to help while Jasmine was being looked after - Jimmy's story

February 24, 2023

In a story he wrote for The Sick Children's Trust, Jimmy shares his story of having a baby girl, Jasmine, born with spina bifida.

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“I’ve never known a heartbreak like it” - Toni’s #FullTermFeelings

February 16, 2023

For Full Term Awareness Month, Toni shares her advice to other parents who have had a baby born full-term but sick. After a great pregnancy, her son…

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“We were terrified of him getting RSV or another winter illness” - Candice’s story

February 15, 2023

Candice's baby boy William was unexpectedly born at 32 weeks. In her story she tells us about her neonatal journey, including what it was like to…

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“Trust your instincts, but also have faith in our wonderful NHS” - Rachel’s #FullTermFeelings

February 09, 2023

For Full Term Awareness Month, Rachel shares her story of having a baby born full term but sick. Her daughter Mila needed treatment for persistent…

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“My partner kept reminding that the nurses had years of experience” - Emma’s #FullTermFeelings

February 01, 2023

For Full Term Awareness Month, Emma shares details on what happened when her baby boy, Marco, was born at full term. Marco ended up needing neonatal…

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“The unit became a comfort” - Luke’s story

January 05, 2023

Luke shares his experience of having a baby born prematurely. His son, James (Jim) was born at 31 weeks and spent time in different neonatal units…

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“It was all new to us and very scary” - Aidan’s story

December 20, 2022

Aidan and his wife Holly knew that their baby boy Teddy would need neonatal care. In his story, he shares details about the ups and downs of Teddy's…

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“Guilt is a feeling that stayed with me” – Honey’s story

December 14, 2022

Honey went into labour at 38 weeks and didn't expect her baby girl Sophie to end up in NICU. Honey shares details of her experience of being in…

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“We have lovely memories of decorating the Christmas tree on the unit” - Debbie’s story

December 09, 2022

Debbie gave birth to her twins Daisy and Oliver at 26 weeks and five days and spent Christmas on the unit. She shares details about their neonatal…

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“You feel as though your body has failed you” - Marija’s story

December 05, 2022

Marija gave birth to her daughter Lea at 26 weeks. She shares details of her neonatal journey, including her PTSD diagnosis, and offers her advice to…

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“Reflecting on our neonatal experience is tough” - Alice’s story

November 23, 2022

Alice shares her experience of giving birth to twins at 23 weeks and four days. Peggy and Bodhi were in hospital for five months, but they’re now…

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“Being in the NICU is emotionally challenging” - Simone’s story

November 21, 2022

Simone shares her experience of giving birth to her baby girl Phoenix at 29 weeks and offers her advice to parents currently going through a neonatal…

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“I was diagnosed with PTSD months after our baby came home from NICU” - Duncan’s story #ByYourSide

November 17, 2022

Today, on World Prematurity Day 2022, Duncan shares his experience of having a baby girl at 28 weeks. He wants to break down mental health stigmas,…

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"I tried to stay strong" - Chris' story #ByYourSide

November 14, 2022

Ahead of World Prematurity Day, Chris reflects on his experience as a dad who had a baby boy born prematurely. In his story, he shares what practical…

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