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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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Feeding a full-term baby in NICU – Katy’s Story

October 02, 2020

Katy describes her experience of hand expressing, using a breast pump, formula and breast feeding as she did whatever she could to help her baby put…

Tube feeding, bottle feeding and breastfeeding - Anna's Story

October 02, 2020

Anna’s baby Drake first had to be tube-fed, then bottle-fed with expressed milk and formula top-ups before finally Anna’s dream of breastfeeding her…

Overcoming fears about feeding – Liz’s story

September 30, 2020

Feeding a 23-weeker is certainly a daunting prospect, whether it is with a tube or bottle. Liz shares some of the challenges she and her partner…

My baby’s cerebral palsy diagnosis – Katy’s story

September 28, 2020

Katy had no reason to think anything would be wrong when she gave birth at 41 weeks, until her baby was born not breathing and suffering seizures.

Struggling to latch – Amy’s story

September 17, 2020

Trying to breastfeed turned out to be a surprisingly difficult part of Amy’s neonatal journey as her milk supply was slow in coming in and her baby,…

'You never know how strong you are, until strong is all you can be' – Kim’s story

September 16, 2020

When Kim's baby was born with HIE, she not only faced a scary 14 days in neonatal care, but she had to keep it a secret from her older son who still…

Our 10-week rollercoaster – Grant and Katie’s Photo Diary

September 10, 2020

Grant and Katie wrote a journal to their son, Eric, tracking the highs and lows of their neonatal journey during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Having twins during COVID-19 – Tammy’s story

September 03, 2020

Restrictions to parental access at the neonatal unit meant Tammy and her husband had to take turns visiting their newborn twins and cope with hearing…

My baby’s PPHN diagnosis – Aimee’s Photo Blog

September 01, 2020

Through pictures of their time on the NICU, Aimee tells the story of her neonatal journey after her son Jax, born at 37 weeks, was diagnosed with…

My labour with sepsis, acidosis and HIE – Jess' story

August 31, 2020

Nothing about the birth of Jess' baby went to plan, but ever since Oliver has been thriving.

Making NICU home – Kate’s story

August 24, 2020

Kate describes how kind words and gifts made NICU feel more like home for the ten weeks she and her husband were there.

‘Not every day will be the same’ - Monique’s story

August 24, 2020

Intrauterine growth restriction meant Monique's little one was much smaller than he should have been when he was born at 29 weeks. But both Monique…

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

August 17, 2020

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…

Being a mum with MS – Danielle's story

August 12, 2020

Danielle's journey to becoming a mum was paved with one challenge after another including endometriosis, severe symphysis pubis dysfunction and…

Building a family and a business - Helen’s story

August 07, 2020

Helen Davies, founder of Lovely NICU Gifts, one of Bliss’ partners, tells the story of her twins’ premature birth and how her experience inspired her…

Our baby’s pneumothorax – Stephanie’s story

August 05, 2020

Stephanie was totally unprepared for giving birth 8 weeks early and even less ready to watch her baby receive treatment for a collapsed lung.

Two bouts of bronchiolitis and nearly six months in hospital – Donna’s story

July 31, 2020

Donna’s daughter coped well with 8 weeks in neonatal care, but catching bronchiolitis twice in quick succession prompted a much more difficult time…

It's not normal, but it will be okay – Vicky’s story

July 30, 2020

Vicky reflects on the ways in which having a premature baby turns what most new parents take for granted into both challenges and extraordinary gifts.