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#IWishIdKnown that I could reach out – Matthew’s story

Matthew's twins were born at 28 weeks. He describes what he wished he had known about prematurity, support and the strength of reaching out to others.
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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.

Baby Terrell sleeping

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.

Living with PTSD - Rebecca’s story

August 10, 2018

After giving birth to triplet girls, Rebecca felt emotionally crippled by PTSD.

Pregnancy after stillbirth – Lemara’s story

July 26, 2018

After experiencing the trauma of a stillbirth, Lemara worried about what would happen during her next pregnancy.

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.