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My son’s NEC diagnosis – Kerry’s story

After a relatively smooth journey through the neonatal care, Kerry’s son Kane was diagnosed with NEC. In this week’s heartfelt blog, Kerry looks back on what happened next.
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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…


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…

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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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