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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 brain was trying to feel two opposite emotions at exactly the same time’ – Kelly’s story

November 13, 2018

Kelly's twins Henry and Stanley were born premature at 32+6 weeks. Sadly Henry died. Kelly shares how her neonatal experience affected her mental…

‘We put mental health too far down our list of priorities in neonatal care’ – Mel’s story

November 13, 2018

Mel's daughter Amaya was born premature. In this week's blog Mel shares how her neonatal experience took a toll on her mental health

‘We felt like no one else knew how we felt’ – Nikki’s story

November 13, 2018

Nikki's gave birth to her twins at 27+5 weeks. She shares how her neonatal experience affected her mental health

‘It takes a lot of strength to admit you are struggling as a dad’ - Tony’s story

November 13, 2018

Tony's twins were born premature. He explain how his neonatal experience affected his mental health

Keeping babies and parents together - Susanna's story

November 13, 2018

Bliss’ campaign for parents to be able to stay with their babies in hospital struck a chord with me

Baby wearing flowery baby vest in incubator asleep with a tiger soft toy

Seeing my daughter intubated – Gemma’s story

November 09, 2018

"Nothing could prepare us for how she looked with a tube down her throat." Gemma's daughter was born by emergency c-section at 29+2 weeks. She shares…

A letter to our neonatal staff- Sarra Hoy

November 06, 2018

Ahead of World Prematurity Day, Bliss Scotland Ambassador Sarra Hoy shares a letter she wrote to unit staff after her son was discharged from…

Losing one baby while caring for another – Patience’s story

November 02, 2018

Patience's twins were born premature at 23+5 weeks. Sadly her daughter Eliana passed away. Patience shares her experience of caring for one daughter…

Going into labour while my husband was on holiday – Oonagh’s story

October 26, 2018

Oonagh gave birth to her son Oscar at 31 weeks. She shares her experience of going into labour while her husband was on holiday and how her friend…

Staying in hospital accommodation – Ashleigh and Josh’s story

October 19, 2018

Ashleigh and Josh were able to stay in hospital accommodation when their son Alfie was born at 30 weeks gestation. In this blog, Ashleigh explains…

The legacy of our stillbirth – Jess’ story

October 09, 2018

Sadly, Jess’ son Leo was stillborn at 37 weeks. For Baby Loss Awareness Week, Jess shares the story of how losing Leo impacted her anxiety and…

‘You can’t expect to be the same person you were before‘ - Andy’s story

October 09, 2018

Baby Loss Awareness Week (9-15 October) aims to raise awareness about the key issues affecting those who have experienced pregnancy or baby loss in…

Baby Terrell sleeping

Heartbreak and healing – Simone’s story

October 07, 2018

Simone’s pregnancy and neonatal experience had a profound effect on her mental health. Here she shares an honest account of what she went through and…

Our baby’s spina bifida diagnosis – Carlynne’s story (part two)

October 04, 2018

Carlynne found out that her daughter Zoe had spina bifida while she was pregnant. In part two of her story Carlynne describes Zoe’s birth, time in…

Our baby’s spina bifida diagnosis – Carlynne’s story (part one)

September 28, 2018

At her 20 week scan, Carlynne and her husband found out that their baby had spina bifida. In part one of her story, Carlynne describes the emotional…

Being a neonatal grandma – Juliana’s story

September 21, 2018

"Being the grandma of a premature baby is different to what you expect when you first find out your child is pregnant. That initial moment of joy is…

A letter to my premature son – Alistair’s story

September 13, 2018

Alistair's son Harrison was born premature. In this week's blog Alistair writes a letter to Harrison telling him all about their neonatal journey.

From prepared to unplanned; my time on the unit – Rachel’s story

September 07, 2018

'Prepared and organised' was Rachel's motto during her pregnancy. Yet no matter how much we try to plan in our lives, sometimes things are outside…

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