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My daughter’s TOF diagnosis – Samantha’s story

Poppy was born at full-term but it wasn't long before healthcare professionals realised she had Oesophageal atresia (OA) and tracheo-oesophageal fistula (TOF). In this blog, her mum Samantha shares their experience.
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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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

"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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