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‘I wanted Christmas Day to disappear’ – Laura’s story

Laura describes how having baby’s first Christmas in the NICU can bring up all sorts of emotions.
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Splitting time between my children - Naazia's story

March 25, 2019

When Hamza arrived 16 weeks early, his mum Naazia was faced with the struggle of having one child in hospital and two older children at home.

‘It felt like none of this was happening to us; like we were watching from the side’ – Jasmine’s story

March 22, 2019

When Jasmine found out her son would need surgery immediately after birth, she had to prepare for a difficult journey ahead.

A letter to parents of babies born with Down Syndrome - Aarti's story

March 21, 2019

In this letter, Aarti hopes to encourage new parents of babies with Down Syndrome to look towards the bright future that lies ahead.

My son’s NEC diagnosis – Kerry’s story

March 15, 2019

After a relatively smooth journey through the neonatal care, Kerry’s son Kane was diagnosed with NEC.

My top tips for expressing on the neonatal unit – Elizabeth’s story

March 08, 2019

Elizabeth had her heart set on breastfeeding. When Paisley arrived early, these plans changed and she had to learn to express milk instead.

Making friends on the neonatal unit – Lucy’s story

March 01, 2019

The neonatal unit can be a lonely time. Lucy - whose daughter was born at 29 weeks - describes the value of making friends with other parents.

Managing paternity leave – James’ story

February 22, 2019

Dads are only entitled to two weeks paternity leave - even if their child is born poorly. James explains why extending paternity leave is needed.

Three times the fun – Alex’s story

February 01, 2019

Alex and Charlotte were over the moon when they found out they were having triplets but knew that it was going to be a challenge.

How I’m helping to keep babies and parents together – Susanna’s story

January 24, 2019

After experiencing the heartbreak of being separated from her daughter in neonatal care, Susanna was inspired to take action.

The night I almost lost my son and partner to sepsis – Mitchell’s story

January 18, 2019

Mitchell’s son Louis was born at 32 weeks. He shares his experience of nearly losing his son and partner to sepsis.

How I remember my angel baby – Lemara’s story

December 14, 2018

Lemara shares how she honours her daughter's memory by buying Christmas gifts and donating them to charity.

How to get through Christmas on the neonatal unit – Rachel’s story

December 07, 2018

Rachel's son spent 31 weeks in hospital. She shares her top tips for getting through the Christmas season on the neonatal unit.

Seeking help for my mental health after the neonatal unit – Liz’s story

November 22, 2018

Liz' daughter was born at 28 weeks. She shares how her neonatal journey affected her mental health.

‘After overcoming enormous hurdles; it ends up being small things that trip you up' – Peter’s story

November 13, 2018

Peter's twins were born at 29 week. He shares how he and his wife found different ways to manage.

‘My brain was trying to feel two opposite emotions at exactly the same time’ – Kelly’s story

November 13, 2018

Kelly's twins Henry and Stanley were born premature at 32+6 weeks. Sadly Henry died. Kelly shares how this affected her mental health.

‘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.

‘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.

‘I wish I'd known it's okay to admit you are struggling as a dad’ - Tony’s story

November 13, 2018

Tony's twins were born premature. He explains why it's so important for dads to take care of themselves too.