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Stories and features about babies born premature or sick, their families and the health professionals who care for them.

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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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“The biggest thing that helped me as a dad was to talk to other dads” - Ethan’s story

June 24, 2022

Ethan shares his experience of losing his baby, Oliver, at 145 days old. He offers advice for parents and particularly other Dads who may have lost a…

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“NICU dads feel the pain, fear and worry but sometimes don’t show it” - Jason’s story

June 16, 2022

This Father’s Day Jason reflects on his experience as a NICU Dad, and what being a Dad to Zac, Xavi and Anya means to him.

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“I’m extremely proud to be her Dad and always will be” – Tom’s story

June 16, 2022

Tom shares his experience of having a premature baby born at 29 weeks and five days, on the very first day the UK went into lockdown on 23 March…

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“It broke my heart seeing the babies covered in wires and tubes” - Samantha’s story

May 25, 2022

Samantha and her wife Alex had twins delivered early at 35+5 weeks and knew that the chances of them needing neonatal care was high. Honey and Bowie…

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“It’s okay to feel scared and confused, or even angry” - Tim’s story

May 23, 2022

Tim shares his experience of having two sons born premature, at 26+6 weeks. Thomas and Luke spent nearly four months at the Hull Royal Infirmary but…

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“Hearing stories from other parents gave us hope” - Grace and Natalie’s story

May 19, 2022

Grace and Natalie had their triplets Alice, Albert and Arthur in January 2022 at 35 weeks. They spent ten days in their local neonatal unit in Kent.

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“We tried to be as involved as we could be” - Shanice’s story

April 21, 2022

Shanice’s baby boy Jeremiah-John was born at 28 weeks. Since his birth, he has fought through Hydrops Fetalis as well as various other medical…

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“I know time will heal me” - Charlotte’s story

April 06, 2022

Charlotte shares her experience of being a midwife and having a premature baby. She spent 105 days in the NICU with her son Teddy, who was born at 23…

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“I wish that I had reached out for help at the time” – Thomas’ Story

April 05, 2022

Thomas shares his experience as a young parent with a baby born at 25 weeks and four days. Thomas had to navigate working while his baby was in a…

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“Bliss really helped me and my husband” - Emma’s story

March 31, 2022

When Emma's baby boy Campbell was born at 39 weeks, she didn't expect to have a traumatic birth. She kindly shares how she navigated their NICU…

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“Motherhood is a beautiful feeling” - Mubeen’s story

March 25, 2022

Mubeen shares her experience of having premature twins born at 32 weeks in Burnley General Hospital.

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Three lessons I learnt going through tricky times – Hannah’s Story

March 09, 2022

Hannah shares some important lessons she learned after giving birth to her baby born at 27 weeks and three days, during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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“Even three years down the line I still hate the winter period and RSV season” - Natasha’s RSV Story

March 08, 2022

Natasha's son was born five weeks early in the Autumn of 2018. Four weeks later, he developed a cold, which turned out to be RSV.

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“We almost lost him to RSV” - Harriett’s Story

March 03, 2022

Stanley was born at 27 weeks and spent 53 days in NICU. Harriett was so happy to bring him home, but her world was turned upside down nine days later…

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“I didn’t feel like a mum” - Katie’s story

March 01, 2022

Content warning: baby loss. Katie gave birth to two twins, Jude and Ava-Rose, at 23 weeks. Jude sadly passed away, and Ava-Rose spent five months in…

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“Reading the stories on the Bliss website helped me to feel less alone” - Jasmine’s story

February 24, 2022

When Jasmine’s son Tobias was born at full-term during the pandemic, after a smooth pregnancy, she didn’t expect him to have to go to the NICU.…

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Trust your maternal instincts” - Mina’s RSV and Bronchiolitis story

February 22, 2022

Mina shares her experience of having a premature daughter who suffered bronchiolitis, pneumonia and other lung infections.

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“I know you will hurt, but you will dig deep, you will find the strength and you will find your path” - Jessica’s story

February 18, 2022

Jessica shares her experience about when her daughter Hettie was diagnosed with grade three HIE shortly after birth. Jessica was warned that she was…

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