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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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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.

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.

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

Rowan shares what it is like to find out your baby has the life-long condition congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH).

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.

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.

Our 10 strategies for looking after your mental health in NICU – Richard and Heidi's story

May 18, 2018

Rich shares some tips and strategies that helped him take care of his mental while his daughter was on the neonatal unit.