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#IWishIdKnown how strong my baby is - Emma's story

Emma's son Leo was born at 28+2 weeks. She describes what she wished she had known about pregnancy, premature birth and the strength of her son.
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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.

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Psychoanalyst Kati Gray: supporting staff’s mental health on the neonatal unit

May 18, 2018

Psychoanalyst Kati from the neonatal unit at UCLH, talks about how she supports the mental health of staff.

How it feels to see your baby on CPAP – Jo’s story

May 11, 2018

Jo talks about what it was like to see her baby on CPAP and how she learned to cope with it.

"The staff are true heroes" - Harriett's story

May 04, 2018

Harriett talks about the amazing support and care the staff gave her and her baby, and what she learned from their time in neonatal care.

My daughter’s battle with seizures – Sophie’s story

April 27, 2018

Sophie's daughter Darcie began having seizures a few hours after birth and was admitted to the NICU.

Finding the balance: A dad's time in NICU - Ben's story

April 26, 2018

Ben recalls balancing his time between hospitals, work and caring for his oldest daughter.

'Isla makes us so proud' - Kizzy and Sally's story

April 20, 2018

After fertility tests, counselling and an 18 month wait for a sperm donor Kizzy and Sally could start trying for a baby.

How knitting helped me cope with my daughters’ prematurity – Amy’s story

April 13, 2018

Amy discusses how knitting helped her cope with her time on the neonatal unit, bereavement and her next pregnancy.

Living with cerebral palsy – Kayleigh’s story (part two)

April 06, 2018

In part two of Kayleigh's story she describes life with cerebral palsy and shares her advice for parents of a child with disabilities.

Why I help Bliss fund research - Ben's story

April 01, 2018

Ben, born premature, is a member of the Bliss Research Panel and helped Bliss to identify research areas that would benefit most from Bliss funding.

Living with cerebral palsy – Kayleigh’s story (part one)

March 30, 2018

Kayleigh was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when she was 18 months old. In part one of her story, Kayleigh tells us about her premature arrival.

My 28 weeker - Amie's story

March 21, 2018

Amie already had three children but her fourth baby was the first to arrive early at 28 weeks.

Our experience of twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome – Danielle’s story

March 16, 2018

At 20 weeks on pregnancy Danielle was diagnosed with twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome.

Mother’s Day on the NICU – Nicola’s story

March 09, 2018

Nicola talks about what it was like to spend Mother's Day on the unit, and how connecting with her own mother helped.

Transferred to deliver my twins - Claire's story

March 02, 2018

Claire talks about the difficulties of being transferred to a neonatal unit far from home and the support she received from a Bliss Champion.