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

“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 weeks. He shares his experience of nearly losing his son and partner to sepsis.
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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.

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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…


Ten tips for managing hospital transfers – Jocelyn’s story

August 31, 2018

Jocelyn's daughter Cadi was born at 24+6 weeks and spent time in three different hospitals. In this blog Jocelyn writes about her experience and…


How caring for a terminal baby changed my life forever – Liz’s story

August 24, 2018

A life, no matter how brief can have a big impact on the world. In this blog Liz writes about how one tiny baby changed the course of her life…


Ventilators and transfers – Abby’s story

August 17, 2018

Abby's son Felix was born at 27 weeks and spent most of his neonatal journey battling to come off the ventilator. Here Abby writes about what it was…


Living with PTSD - Rebecca’s story

August 10, 2018

After giving birth to triplet girls, Rebecca felt emotionally crippled by PTSD. In this heartfelt blog, Rebecca recalls her journey to recovery and…


Pregnancy after baby loss – Lemara’s story

July 26, 2018

After experiencing the trauma of a stillbirth, Lemara worried about what would happen during the course of her next pregnancy. Here she shares her…


How my time on the neonatal unit led to an OCD diagnosis – Laura’s story

July 20, 2018

When Laura gave birth at 26+2 weeks she struggled with her mental health, here she talks about how she got support.


Our journey through IVF and prematurity - Sherril's story

July 13, 2018

Sadly, Sherril lost her first baby at 20 weeks gestation. Following IVF, she then fell pregnant with twins. Here Sherril shares her journey.


Our daughter’s colostomy – Kati’s story

July 06, 2018

A colostomy doesn’t define your baby, it only tells a story of how strong they are and what they have overcome at such a young age.


Bringing Niko home – Katherine’s story

June 29, 2018

In this blog Katherine talks about what it was like to take her baby Niko home from the neonatal unit and how the unit prepared them.


My 11lb 11oz baby – Gemma’s story

June 22, 2018

Gemma experienced a traumatic birth when her baby Samuel, born at full-term, became stuck for nine minutes during delivery. Here she talks about the…


Falling pregnant while on the copper coil – Rebecca’s story

June 15, 2018

When Rebecca fell pregnant whilst on the copper coil she experienced many difficulties, eventually giving birth at 23+3 weeks. Read her story here.

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Our son’s life-long CAH diagnosis – Rowan’s story

June 08, 2018

In this blog Rowan talks about what it was like to be transferred to a different neonatal unit and learning to live with her baby's life-long…

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Being a single parent on the neonatal unit – Grace’s story

June 01, 2018

When Grace went into premature labour at 29 weeks she worried about calling her husband, who she had recently separated from. In this blog Grace…

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