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#IWishIdKnown how strong my baby is - Emma's story

Emma's son Leo was born at 28+2 weeks. She describes what she wished she had known about pregnancy, premature birth and the strength of her son.
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The first time I saw my son after birth - Olivia's story

July 05, 2019

In this exclusive extract from her new book, The First Breath, Olivia Gordon remembers the first time she met her son properly.

Q&A with author Olivia Gordon

June 28, 2019

Bliss speaks with author Olivia Gordon, whose new book The First Breath documents the history of neonatal care.

Memories from my neonatal diary – Lyndsay’s story

June 21, 2019

Lyndsay shares some of the memories from her neonatal diary. Keeping a diary is a good way to ensure you remember every step of your baby's journey.

My top 10 tips for life after NICU – Megan’s story

June 14, 2019

After five weeks on the neonatal unit with her son Fergus, Megan had to adjust to life at home without the support of unit staff.

Q&A with author Francesca Segal

June 13, 2019

Novelist Francesca Segal, met her twin daughters 10 weeks earlier than expected. Here she answers questions from the Bliss community.

Learning to change a nappy through an incubator porthole - Francesca's story

June 06, 2019

In this exclusive extract from Mother Ship, Francesca Segal recalls the first time she changed a nappy through the portholes of an incubator.

Why I wrote a book about our neonatal journey – Francesca’s story

May 30, 2019

Award-winning author Francesca Segal gave birth to her twin daughters at 29+6 weeks. Here's why she turned her experiences into a book.

My daughter’s TOF diagnosis – Samantha’s story

May 03, 2019

Poppy was born at full-term with Oesophageal atresia (OA) and tracheo-oesophageal fistula (TOF).

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 had a short neonatal stay with few complications. Two years on, Lucy continued to struggle to process her emotions.

Parent-to-Parent: Expressing

April 01, 2019

Parents share their tips on expressing and supporting their partners.

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.

‘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 had to prepare for a difficult journey ahead.

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

March 21, 2019

In this letter, Aarti hopes to encourage new parents of babies with Down Syndrome to look towards the bright future that lies ahead.

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.

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

March 08, 2019

Elizabeth had her heart set on breastfeeding. When Paisley arrived early, these plans changed and she had to learn to express milk instead.

Making friends on the neonatal unit – Lucy’s story

March 01, 2019

The neonatal unit can be a lonely time. Lucy - whose daughter was born at 29 weeks - describes the value of making friends with other parents.