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

Browse through stories shared by families and health professionals, by using the search box below or scrolling down to see our most recent stories.

If you are a parent looking to share your story, please email media@bliss.org.uk

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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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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…

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“Bliss was there for us when we felt out of our depth” – Jess' Story

October 25, 2021

When Jess’ son Caleb was born prematurely in June this year, the support Jess received from Bliss meant she felt some comfort and reassurance during…

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“I never expected anything to go wrong.” - Bethany’s #MyNeonatalStory

October 20, 2021

Bethany describes the challenges that arose when her son was born premature and the incredible journey they have since taken on together.

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“We talk about Joel always” – Emily’s story

October 14, 2021

When Emily was expecting her fourth baby, she had no idea the pregnancy would result in devastating heartbreak. For Baby Loss Awareness Week, Emily…

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“I wish I’d had the courage to say that I’m not really fine” – Sarah’s story

October 06, 2021

For Baby Loss Awareness Week Sarah writes about the long-term emotional impact of losing her baby son to an inoperable heart condition shortly after…

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“Seeing my son in an incubator was heartbreaking” – Sarah’s story

September 10, 2021

Sarah’s baby, Jax, spent 60 days in NICU and the experience greatly affected her mental health, but the amazing support she received from the…

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“People came to congratulate me on my baby, but I felt like a fraud” - Sarah’s story

September 03, 2021

When Sarah found herself in NICU with her second baby, Freya, it was a new and frightening experience made harder by the fact that other parents were…

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"He was the biggest baby they had seen in NICU for a while" - Harriet's story

August 19, 2021

Harriet's baby was born full term at 42 weeks. Her son, Jensen, suffered from severe meconium aspiration syndrome (MAS), which caused respiratory…

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“The Bliss Champions are unsung heroes” – Simon’s story

August 17, 2021

When Simon and Gen’s baby, Jacob, was born premature little did they realise it would be the start of a long journey in NICU. During this time Simon…

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“The whole time in NICU felt like a daze” - Bowie’s story

August 12, 2021

For a parent who’s already had one child, having a second baby who needs neonatal care can feel like becoming a parent all over again says NICU mum…

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“Reading about what Bliss were doing for families gave us comfort” - Michelle’s story

August 10, 2021

Michelle and her husband, Matt, have had two children who needed care in NICU. She says the experience was an emotional rollercoaster that she will…

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"It was undoubtedly the most difficult period of our lives" - Kirsty's story

July 27, 2021

After her baby was diagnosed with Intrauterine Growth Restriction, Kirsty gave birth at 28 weeks. Her daughter, Isabelle, weighed 1lb 5oz. In this…

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"I thought NICU was only for premature babies" - Emma's story

July 22, 2021

Emma's son, Freddie, was born at 41 weeks. When Freddie was born, he was not breathing and had seizures. He was diagnosed with HIE and needed…

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"The resilience of a baby will never cease to amaze me" - Sam's story

July 15, 2021

Sam's eldest son was born full term and needed special care in NICU. Due to her son's condition, he was sent to Great Ormond Street Hospital, 110…

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"I was fraught with anxiety" - Bryony's story

July 07, 2021

When Bryony's son, Elias, needed neonatal care, the experience was made even more difficult, as COVID-19 restrictions meant that Bryony and her…

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"It broke my heart, but I knew he was a fighter" - Jenna's story

July 01, 2021

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