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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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My traumatic birth experience- Sarah’s story

May 25, 2018

Sarah was induced at 38 weeks and gave birth to her daughter Munro by c-section. Here she talks about her difficult birth and the following weeks on…


Our 10 strategies for looking after your mental health in NICU – Richard and Heidi's story

May 18, 2018

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week. After his daughter was born at 24+5 weeks, Rich knew that it was important for him and his wife to take…

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Psychoanalyst Kati Gray: supporting staff’s mental health on the neonatal unit

May 18, 2018

This Mental Health Awareness Week we spoke to Kati, psychoanalyst on the neonatal unit at UCLH, about how she supports the mental health of staff on…

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How it feels to see your baby on CPAP – Jo’s story

May 11, 2018

Born at 31 weeks, Louie was sent to the neonatal unit and put on continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). Jo talks about what it was like to see…

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"The staff are true heroes" - Harriett's story

May 04, 2018

When Harriett's baby was born 12 weeks early she didn't know what to expect. Here she talks about the amazing support and care the staff gave her and…

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My daughter’s battle with seizures – Sophie’s story

April 27, 2018

After giving birth at full-term, Sophie didn’t expect to enter the neonatal unit. Unfortunately her daughter Darcie began having seizures and was…

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Finding the balance: A dad's time in NICU - Ben's story

April 26, 2018

Once I got over the fear, I finally started to bond with Nancy. At last this baby I’d been looking at through the incubator felt like my daughter.”

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'Isla makes us so proud' - Kizzy and Sally's story

April 20, 2018

Kizzy and Sally, desperately wanted a baby. After numerous fertility tests, mandatory counselling and an 18 month wait for a sperm donor they could…

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How knitting helped me cope with my daughters’ prematurity – Amy’s story

April 13, 2018

When Amy gave birth to daughters Charlotte and Esme at 27 weeks, she struggled to manage having babies in hospital. Here she talks about how…

Kayleigh And Eleanor

Living with cerebral palsy – Kayleigh’s story (part two)

April 06, 2018

In part two of Kayleigh's story she describes living with cerebral palsy and going to university, and she tells us what she would say to the parent…

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Living with cerebral palsy – Kayleigh’s story (part one)

March 30, 2018

Born at 30 weeks gestation, Kayleigh was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when she was 18 months old. In the first of this two part series, Kayleigh…

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My 28 weeker - Amie's story

March 21, 2018

Although Amie had already had three previous children, her fourth baby was the first to arrive early at 28 weeks. Here she talks about what it was…

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Our experience of twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome – Danielle’s story

March 16, 2018

The stats given to us for the success rates of the laser ablation were very low so we had to make the agonising decision of what to do next. We felt…

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Mother’s Day on the NICU – Nicola’s story

March 09, 2018

Nicola gave birth to her daughter Edie at 23 weeks and was told she had little chance of survival. Here, she talks about what it was like to spend…

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Transferred to deliver my twins - Claire's story

March 02, 2018

Claire had a difficult pregnancy with twins, and had to give birth prematurely at 30+3 weeks. Here she talks about the difficulties of being…

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'Mystery George' - Laura's story

February 23, 2018

Laura's baby George had to be resuscitated after she gave birth via emergency c-section at 37 weeks. They spent 73 days in the neonatal unit, where…

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My husband delivered our baby - Gina's story

February 16, 2018

At 32 weeks Gina's waters broke suddenly, and with little time, her husband had to deliver their baby, Oliver, at home. Gina talks about her time on…

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Pre-eclampsia and our twins' early delivery - Emily's story

February 09, 2018

Emily had a difficult pregnancy with her twins, and gave birth to them at 33 weeks after showing signs of pre-eclampsia. Read her story here.

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