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The first time I saw my son after birth - Olivia's story

When Olivia Gordon’s son Joel was born critically ill, she caught a brief glimpse of him before he was taken to neonatal intensive care. In this exclusive extract from her new book, The First Breath (Pan Macmillan, £16.99), Olivia tells of the first time she met her son properly.
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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…

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…

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