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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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Going into labour abroad – Charlotte’s story

May 20, 2020

A day trip to Paris turned into an 8-week stay when Charlotte unexpectedly gave birth 11 weeks early

Special Care to Carer - Katie's story

May 19, 2020

Katie was under the care of neonatal staff when she was born at 23 weeks in 1995. She was inspired by her premature beginning to become a nurse…

My son and nephew spent time on a neonatal unit; now I work there – Jasmine’s story

May 03, 2020

Jasmine describes how her positive experience on the Special Care Baby Unit inspired her to become a nurse on the unit where her son had been a…

I knew in my heart I wanted to be a neonatal nurse - Lois’ story

May 02, 2020

Lois had to overcome a battle with mental health issues and juggle single motherhood with studying to become a neonatal nurse, but her own neonatal…

My miracle in the midst of COVID-19 – Emily’s story

April 30, 2020

Emily’s journey as a parent on a neonatal unit has been lonelier than most because of social distancing, but she thinks it is her baby Ayko who is…

Self-isolated without my baby for a fortnight – Kayleigh’s story

April 23, 2020

Nothing about becoming parents has been as Kayleigh and her husband Darren had expected as their baby was born 11 weeks early in the middle of a…

Fighting our way through COVID-19 - Bobby and Rosie’s Story

April 23, 2020

Bobby and Rosie describe how COVID-19 has made their neonatal journey even more challenging than they expected, keeping them from their baby for a…

I might not be able to see my baby for three months – Stephen’s story

April 16, 2020

To minimise the spread of COVID-19, neonatal units have changed their visiting policies and in Stephen’s case, that means only his wife can see their…

Thank you to my Bliss Champion – Karise’s story

April 08, 2020

As a lone parent, Karise felt especially alone on the NICU, until a Bliss Champion offered her support.

From IVF to NICU – Gemma’s story

April 02, 2020

After asking for two embryos to be transferred, against her doctor’s recommendation, Gemma felt responsible when becoming pregnant with twins led to…

Coping with COVID-19 – Elizabeth’s story

March 27, 2020

Elizabeth describes how she is adjusting to social isolation in order to stay safe during the COVID-19 outbreak and shares the wisdom her neonatal…

A 28 weeker in 1982 – Jade’s story

March 20, 2020

When Jade was born 3 months early 38 years ago, the doctors doubted if she would make it. Not only did she survive, but she has gone on to live a…

"I never dreamt that having a family would be so tough." - Suzanne's story

March 18, 2020

Suzanne describes the support she received from healthcare professionals during an emotional and isolating time.

Three hospitals before my baby was two days old – Charlotte’s story

March 12, 2020

Charlotte describes what it was like being transferred by ambulance to three different hospitals as doctors looked for a unit which was able to treat…

More than just the baby blues – Sarah’s story

March 05, 2020

After a difficult full term birth, Sarah was left with PTSD and anxiety.

Mother holding her premature baby in a neonatal unit

Transferred 100 miles to give birth - Becca's story

February 28, 2020

Becca's waters broke unexpectedly at 26 weeks, this is the story of her pregnancy and the experience of being transferred to a hospital 100 miles…

‘It was impossible to explain to anyone who wasn’t in it’ - Victoria’s story (part two)

February 28, 2020

Victoria describes life in the parallel universe that is a NICU and parents’ accommodation far from home, and how it stays with you long after you've…

'For the first time, I panic’ - Victoria’s story (part one)

February 20, 2020

300 miles from home and her husband, BBC Journalist Victoria Fritz went from breaking news to her waters breaking. Here she shares what happened when…