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My baby’s HIE left me with severe anxiety – Suzanne’s story

Suzanne describes how worries over her IVF treatment, followed by a distressing birth, amplified her anxiety
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‘It was impossible to explain to anyone who wasn’t in it’ - Victoria’s story (part two)

February 28, 2020

Victoria describes life in the parallel universe that is a NICU and parents’ accommodation far from home, and how it stays with you long after you've…

'For the first time, I panic’ - Victoria’s story (part one)

February 20, 2020

300 miles from home and her husband, BBC Journalist Victoria Fritz went from breaking news to her waters breaking. Here she shares what happened when…

My baby’s HIE left me with severe anxiety – Suzanne’s story

February 13, 2020

Suzanne describes how worries over her IVF treatment, followed by a distressing birth, amplified her anxiety

Advice to my 24-year-old self with a baby born at 23 weeks

February 05, 2020

When Sophie was 24, she gave birth to a baby, Tabitha, weighing 15 ounces. This is the advice she would give to her younger self at the beginning of…

'It's an anxious time leaving the security of neonatal staff' - Natalie's story

January 23, 2020

Natalie's daughter Anya was born at 26 weeks. She describes taking Anya home from the neonatal unit, only for them to return to hospital a year later.

A Cold Kept Me From My Baby – Kim’s Story

January 20, 2020

Respiratory Syncytial Virus, a common virus with mild cold-like symptoms for adults but which can be extremely serious for young babies, meant Kim…

My baby’s battle with cloacal exstrophy– Sammie and Kriss’ Story

January 06, 2020

Sammie and Kriss’ son Rief was born with an extremely rare condition which meant his abdominal organs were outside his body and his reproductive…

Life as a neonatal nurse: it’s more than just cuddling babies

January 01, 2020

Nicola describes the ups and downs of life as a neonatal nurse

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

December 18, 2019

Laura describes how having baby’s first Christmas in the NICU can bring up all sorts of emotions.

“When I left at night my heart was aching” - Georgina's story

December 05, 2019

In this blog, Georgina talks about the experience of being separated from her premature daughter Rosie.

24 weeks and 780 grams - Olivia's story

November 14, 2019

Olivia's son Lenny was born prematurely with a congenital heart defect, she describes how her family copes with the 'NICU rollercoaster'.

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

November 13, 2019

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.

Sleepless nights - Hannah's story

November 13, 2019

Hannah's son Jack was born at 29 weeks. She shares what night time was like for her both before and after her son's birth.

#IWishIdKnown how much support was available - Anita's story

November 12, 2019

In a story she wrote for the Sick Children's Trust, Anita shares the support she received from charities and friends when William was born at 23+5.

#IWishIdKnown full term babies go to neonatal units - Paige's story

November 07, 2019

Paige's son Ted was born at full term, but her story took an unexpected turn when Ted was moved to the NICU. This is what Paige wished she had known…

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

November 07, 2019

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.

A seven per cent chance of survival – Denise’s story

October 01, 2019

Denise's daughter was given a very slim chance of survival at birth. Despite the odds, Eliana is now thriving.

How to support a friend whose baby has died – Kelly’s story

September 24, 2019

A bereaved mum shares her tips for supporting a friend through their loss.