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“Finding resources like Bliss and other parents in support groups has been a lifeline” - Sheelagh’s Story

Sheelagh gave birth to her daughter Rhea after a smooth pregnancy, but what followed was a long journey to bring her baby home, during the height of Covid restrictions. Despite having such a difficult experience, Sheelagh hopes that her story will give other parents courage and encourage them to stay optimistic during the early days.
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Bethan's RSV Story

January 19, 2022

Bethan explains what happened when her two daughters caught Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV).

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“We focus on the positives and work out the negatives” - Kate’s Story

January 19, 2022

Kate had her baby boy William at 27 weeks and three days, after a stressful pregnancy. William finally came home four months after birth, and…

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“My husband contacted Bliss to get me to talk to someone” - Caroline’s Story

January 13, 2022

Only three hours after Caroline’s son Jasper was born, he suffered a sudden unexpected postnatal collapse, and his NICU journey began. Thankfully,…

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“This experience has just made Leo more special and more loved” - Destiny’s Story

December 20, 2021

Destiny gave birth to her son Leonardo at 30 weeks and the following five weeks spent in the NICU were a rollercoaster. Leo now faces developmental…

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“You are their advocate, and you are doing enough” - Natalia’s story

December 20, 2021

When Noah was born at 24 weeks, what followed was a long period of critical care. Natalia’s one wish was that Noah would make it home in time for…

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Christmas on the neonatal unit - Ashleigh's Story

December 08, 2021

When Freddie was born eleven weeks early, Ashleigh and her husband Alex thought that they’d make it home in time for Christmas. However Freddie…

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“We got to meet our little Christmas miracle almost nine weeks earlier than expected” - Bonnie’s Christmas Story

December 07, 2021

Bonnie gave birth to her son Vinnie on Christmas Day 2020. Vinnie’s Mum and Dad had to navigate their NICU journey through COVID restrictions, but…

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“My baby was smaller than my hand, and it only proves how strong she is” - Sandra’s Story

December 02, 2021

Sandra was meant to be going on holiday to America, when by surprise her baby was born at 24 weeks. She hopes that her neonatal journey will reassure…

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Giving birth to twins outside of the hospital – Alicia’s Story

December 01, 2021

Alicia gave birth to twins at 26 weeks. Her first twin girl was born in the passenger seat of her partner’s car, and the second twin in a stationary…

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“Some people never meet their heroes; I gave birth to mine” - Pia’s Story

December 01, 2021

Pia didn’t expect to give birth to her third child at 27 weeks – when Saoirse was born weighing just 780 grams, it marked the beginning of the…

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My baby and HIE - a poem by Abbie Vaughan-Giggins

November 29, 2021

Abbie has written a poem about her experience of having a baby who suffered with HIE.

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“Finding resources like Bliss and other parents in support groups has been a lifeline” - Sheelagh’s Story

November 25, 2021

Sheelagh gave birth to her daughter Rhea after a smooth pregnancy, but what followed was a long journey to bring her baby home, during the height of…

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“Not only did they look after our boy, but they also looked after us” - Roshni’s #MyNeonatalStory

November 16, 2021

Roshni gave birth to her son Ivan at 31 weeks, at the height of Covid restrictions. Both Roshni and Ivan faced many health complications during and…

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"I struggled with being both a neonatal mum and a mum to my toddler" - Liz's #MyNeonatalStory

November 11, 2021

Liz gave birth to her baby at 34-weeks by emergency c-section, but what followed was a stay on the SCBU, plagued by jaundice, difficulty establishing…

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“Take care of you, because you matter too.” - Sherry’s Story

November 10, 2021

When Sherry delivered her daughter Jevonne at 29 weeks, holding her daughter wasn’t what she envisioned it to be. She felt a whirlwind of emotions,…

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85 days of change and worry - Natasha’s story #MyNeonatalStory

November 08, 2021

Natasha’s son Casen was born at 26 weeks with patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) and chronic lung disease. She describes the feelings of having a baby…

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“I recognised that I was blessed with the privilege of supporting a miracle.” – Shemayne’s Story

November 04, 2021

As a healthcare professional herself, Shemayne understood the requirements of her daughter’s treatment for Necrotising Enterocolitis (NEC). She…

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Bliss policy manager wins BAPM award

October 27, 2021

We are delighted that the incredible efforts of our Policy, Research and Campaigns Manager, Josie Anderson, have been recognised with a BAPM Gopi…