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My son’s hydrocephalus and cerebral palsy diagnosis – Sal’s story

Sal describes the challenges her son faces as a result of his condition but how his school has helped his progress.
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#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.

Twins on the unit – Coralina’s story

September 17, 2019

110 days is a long time to spend in hospital. Coralina remembers what that time was like for her family.

Separated from my son – Leah’s story

September 13, 2019

Leah's son Toby was born at 30 weeks. She describes what it felt like leaving him after she'd been discharged.

A poem for Henry - Kelly's story

September 13, 2019

Kelly's twins were delivered via emergency crash c-section following a placental abruption. Sadly, Henry died at just one month old.

A letter to the daughter I lost – Becky’s story

September 13, 2019

Becky writes a heart-felt letter to her daughter who sadly passed away when she was a week old.

‘Losing Cormac has shaped not just who I am as a parent but as a person’ – Laura’s story

September 13, 2019

Laura's son Cormac was born at just 23 weeks. Sadly, he passed away after a week in neonatal care.

40 years of volunteering with Bliss – June’s story

September 05, 2019

June is our longest serving volunteer. She explains how she got involved with the charity and why she remains with us 40 years on.

Why I helped found Bliss – Susanna’s story

August 15, 2019

Susanna Cheal OBE, helped to found Bliss 40 years ago. Here, she explains why the cause was so important to her.

‘The staff treated us like any other family’ - Charlie’s story

August 12, 2019

Charlie had her daughter at 32 weeks and was supported by her mum and dad while on the neonatal unit.

'It’s vital to take every opportunity to be your baby’s parent' - Kate’s story

July 29, 2019

Kate's son was born at full term with Treacher Collins Syndrome. In this blog she recalls how she got more involved in his care.

'It was my responsibility as his mum to be his best advocate' – Esther’s story

July 29, 2019

Esther gave birth to Jair at 23 weeks while her husband was away in Uganda. They spent 129 in neonatal care.

‘Our time in NICU shaped who we were going to be as parents’ - Leah and Ricky’s story

July 29, 2019

BBC news presenters Leah and Ricky Boleto's son Enzo arrived at 36 weeks. Here Leah recalls their experience of the neonatal unit.

A grandparent on the neonatal unit – Josie’s story

July 12, 2019

What's it like to be a grandmother on the neonatal unit? Josie shares what it is like to be a grandparent of a premature baby.

The first time I saw my son after birth - Olivia's story

July 05, 2019

In this exclusive extract from her new book, The First Breath, Olivia Gordon remembers the first time she met her son properly.