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‘It’s ok to struggle; no matter the length of your neonatal stay’ – Lucy’s story

Lucy's daughter had a short neonatal stay with few complications. Two years on, Lucy continued to struggle to process her emotions.
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‘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 describes how isolating the experience made her feel.

‘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 and how Amaya's long-term complications impacted her own mental health.

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

Seeing my daughter intubated – Gemma’s story

November 09, 2018

Gemma's daughter was born by emergency c-section at 29+2 weeks. She shares her experience of watching her daughter be intubated.

A letter to our neonatal staff- Sarra Hoy

November 06, 2018

Bliss Scotland Ambassador Sarra Hoy shares a letter she wrote to unit staff after her son was discharged from hospital.

The loss of twins – Patience’s story

November 02, 2018

Sadly one of Patience's twins passed away shortly after birth. 14 months later, her surviving twin lost her own battle.

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

October 26, 2018

Oonagh shares her experience of going into labour while her husband was on holiday and how her friend Charleigh stepped in to be her birthing partner.

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 early. Here Ashleigh recalls the experience.

The legacy of our stillbirth – Jess’ story

October 09, 2018

Sadly, Jess’ son Leo was stillborn at 37 weeks. Jess shares the story of how losing Leo impacted her anxiety and subsequent pregnancies.

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

October 09, 2018

Andy shares his experience of losing his son Toby who sadly passed away at just 23 days old.

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Heartbreak and healing – Simone’s story

October 07, 2018

Simone shares an honest account of what she went through on the neonatal unit and tells us how she’s gone from feeling overwhelmed to empowered.

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

October 04, 2018

In part two of her story Carlynne describes Zoe’s birth, time in hospital and life beyond the unit.

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.

Being a neonatal grandma – Juliana’s story

September 21, 2018

Juliana shares her experience of being a grandparent on the neonatal unit.

A letter to my premature son – Alistair’s story

September 13, 2018

Alistair shares a letter he's written to Harrison telling him all about their neonatal journey.

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

September 07, 2018

No matter how much we try to plan in our lives, sometimes things are outside of our control. Rachel shares her experience of prematurity.

Ten tips for managing hospital transfers – Jocelyn’s story

August 31, 2018

Jocelyn's daughter Cadi spent time in three different hospitals. Jocelyn shares her tips for managing hospital transfers.

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

August 24, 2018

A neonatal nurse shares how caring for one tiny baby changed the course of her life forever.

Ventilators and transfers – Abby’s story

August 17, 2018

Abby's son Felix spent most of his neonatal journey battling to come off the ventilator.

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