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The NICU experience for siblings - Amy and Alina's story

Amy tried to protect her three year old from her youngest daughter's neonatal journey. Now, as a family, they're confronting their emotions to help other children who have a sibling in neonatal care.
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"There was constant fear that something really bad might happen" - Michelle's story

June 11, 2021

Michelle had five IVF attempts in order to get pregnant with her daughter, Audrey, who came from her final embryo. Audrey was born 14 weeks early and…

"I felt like I was being forced to choose between my children" - Ellie's story

June 03, 2021

Ellie's son, Xander, was born full term during the COVID-19 pandemic, in June 2020. After Xander experienced seizures, he needed special care in…

"There were plenty of tears and worrying moments" - Clare's story

May 24, 2021

"NICU wasn’t something I considered would be a possibility" - Danielle's story

May 19, 2021

After giving birth at 37 weeks, following a pregnancy with no issues, Danielle and her family did not expect for her son to need care in NICU. Here,…

"Having a baby in NICU completely takes over your life" - Casey's story

May 13, 2021

Casey's son, Alfie, was born full term weighing 8 pounds 5oz. Sadly he suffered from HIE and his brain was starved of oxygen for over 20 minutes.…

"I felt like I had failed her" - Shannon's story

May 05, 2021

Shannon's daughter, Senara, was born a week past her due date suffered a shoulder dystocia during birth. Here, Shannon discusses her NICU experience…

"I wish I had taken a break when I could" - Vanessa's story

April 29, 2021

I found out I was pregnant mid-May 2020, right in the heart of a pandemic, when my husband had just left for Afghanistan.

"It is devastating to see your little one covered in wires" - Beth's story

April 22, 2021

After a difficult pregnancy, Beth's son Kai was born full term, during lockdown. Sadly, Kai needed care in NICU. His stay in NICU was made even more…

"That moment I yearned for felt nothing like I thought it would" - Leah's story

April 06, 2021

After a smooth pregnancy, Leah gave birth at 42 weeks. No one expected her baby to need neonatal care, but her son Oscar was born with his umbilical…

"It could be the difference between being a rocket scientist or a brain surgeon" - Steph's story

April 06, 2021

Steph's daughter, Mia, was born full term and diagnosed with grade 2 HIE (Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy). Here, Steph describes the birth and how…

"We had no idea if she would survive" - Hannah's story

March 30, 2021

When Hannah was about to give birth to her full term daughter, she did not expect for her to need care in NICU. Here, Hannah discusses the birth…

"Nothing is certain when you’re told your baby is going to arrive early" - Claire's story

March 24, 2021

Nothing is certain or reassuring when you’re told your baby is going to arrive early and will probably be in neonatal intensive care.

"I felt guilty that I couldn’t keep my baby safe until she was ready to be born" - Emma's story

March 23, 2021

After being diagnosed with HELLP Syndrome, Emma gave birth to her daughter at 31 weeks via emergency C-section. The traumatising experience left Emma…

"It broke my heart that my twins were separated" - Georgie's story

March 18, 2021

Georgie was not new to the neonatal experience, her first child was premature and needed care in SCBU. But when Georgie gave birth to full term…

I just remember sobbing all night, thinking "why me?" - Lorna's story

March 11, 2021

After a smooth pregnancy, Lorna's full term daughter unexpectedly needed to be resuscitated. Her daughter, Neive, was diagnosed with HIE and had to…

"Without a shadow of doubt, Harry is my 'miracle' son" - Emma's story

March 08, 2021

When Emma Flatman’s son Harry was born 11 weeks premature in March 2014, she had no idea if he would survive, but this “miracle baby” proved everyone…

"You feel like there is no light at the end of the tunnel" - Danielle's story

March 04, 2021

After giving birth at 31 weeks, COVID-19 restrictions sadly meant Danielle and her baby were separated for almost two weeks. Here, Danielle discusses…

"Everything that I had planned was taken away from me" - Kaitlin's story

February 26, 2021

After a pregnancy with no issues, when Kaitlin gave birth to her full term baby, he unexpectedly needed care in NICU. Her son, Lleyton suffered a…