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My daughter’s TOF diagnosis – Samantha’s story

Poppy was born at full-term but it wasn't long before healthcare professionals realised she had Oesophageal atresia (OA) and tracheo-oesophageal fistula (TOF). In this blog, her mum Samantha shares their experience.
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My daughter’s TOF diagnosis – Samantha’s story

May 03, 2019

Poppy was born at full-term but it wasn't long before healthcare professionals realised she had Oesophageal atresia (OA) and tracheo-oesophageal…

Why I’m running the London Marathon for Bliss – Adam’s story

April 26, 2019

Adam's neonatal experience with his son who arrived at 28 weeks inspired him to take on the 26.2 mile run.

Our journey through neonatal care – Laura’s story

April 10, 2019

Laura's daughter Millie arrived 12 weeks early. In this blog, Laura writes about their journey through neonatal care.

‘It’s ok to struggle; no matter the length of your neonatal stay’ – Lucy’s story

April 05, 2019

Lucy's daughter Polly had a relatively short neonatal stay with few complications along the way. Two years on, Lucy continued to dwell on the…

Splitting time between my children - Naazia's story

March 25, 2019

When Hamza arrived 16 weeks early, his mum Naazia was faced with the struggle of having one child in hospital and two older children at home. Here…

‘It felt like none of this was happening to us; like we were watching from the side’ – Jasmine’s story

March 22, 2019

When Jasmine found out her son would need surgery immediately after birth, she and husband Ben had to prepare themselves for a difficult journey…

A letter to parents of babies born with Down Syndrome - Aarti's story

March 21, 2019

World Down Syndrome Day is celebrated on 21 March every year. In this letter, Aarti hopes to encourage new parents of babies with Down Syndrome to…

My son’s NEC diagnosis – Kerry’s story

March 15, 2019

After a relatively smooth journey through the neonatal care, Kerry’s son Kane was diagnosed with NEC. In this week’s heartfelt blog, Kerry looks back…

My top tips for expressing on the neonatal unit – Elizabeth’s story

March 08, 2019

Elizabeth always had her heart set on breastfeeding her baby. When Paisley arrived at just 26+5 weeks, these plans changed and Elizabeth had to learn…

The value of making friends on the neonatal unit – Lucy’s story

March 01, 2019

The neonatal unit can be a lonely time for many parents. In this blog, Lucy - whose daughter Grace was born at 29 weeks - describes the value of…

Managing paternity leave – James’ story

February 22, 2019

Under current legislation, dads are only entitled to two weeks paternity leave - even if their child has been on the neonatal unit. Bliss is…

Three times the fun – Alex’s story

February 01, 2019

Alex and his wife Charlotte were over the moon when they found out they were pregnant with triplets. The couple were optimistic about their future…

How I’m helping to keep babies and parents together – Susanna’s story

January 24, 2019

After experiencing the heartbreak of being separated from her daughter in neonatal care, Susanna was inspired to join Bliss’ campaign to keep babies…

The night I almost lost my son and partner to sepsis – Mitchell’s story

January 18, 2019

“It’s impossible to describe the feeling of thinking you are going to lose both your partner and your baby.” Mitchell’s son Louis was born at 32…

Gifts for my angel baby – Lemara’s story

December 14, 2018

Sadly Lemara's baby girl Robyn died at 23 weeks. She shares how she honours her daughter's memory by buying Christmas gifts and donating them to…

How to get through Christmas on the neonatal unit – Rachel’s story

December 07, 2018

Rachel's son spent 31 weeks in hospital. She shares her top tips for getting through the Christmas season on the neonatal unit.

Seeking help for my mental health after the neonatal unit – Liz’s story

November 22, 2018

"I felt like a swan – looking peaceful on the surface but struggling madly to stay afloat beneath." Liz' daughter was born at 28 weeks. She shares…

‘After overcoming enormous hurdles; it ends up being small things that trip you up‘ – Peter’s story

November 13, 2018

Peter's twins were born premature at 29 week. He shares how he and his wife coped with things differently and how their neonatal experience affected…

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