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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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"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…


"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…


"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…


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

July 01, 2021

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"Many parents don’t realise that sometimes the “big babies” are the sickest" - Sian's story

June 25, 2021

Sian's son, Gethin, was born full term and suffered from HIE. He stayed in NICU for a month, where all the other babies were premature. Here, Sian…


"There was constant fear that something really bad might happen" - Michelle's story

June 11, 2021

Michelle had five IVF attempts in order to get pregnant with her daughter, Audrey, who came from her final embryo. Audrey was born 14 weeks early and…

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An Open Letter to NICU Dads - Carl's story

June 07, 2021

For Father's Day, Carl shares his advice and thoughts to other dads who have a neonatal experience.


"I felt like I was being forced to choose between my children" - Ellie's story

June 03, 2021

Ellie's son, Xander, was born full term during the COVID-19 pandemic, in June 2020. After Xander experienced seizures, he needed special care in…


"There were plenty of tears and worrying moments" - Clare's story

May 24, 2021


"NICU wasn’t something I considered would be a possibility" - Danielle's story

May 19, 2021

After giving birth at 37 weeks, following a pregnancy with no issues, Danielle and her family did not expect for her son to need care in NICU. Here,…


"Having a baby in NICU completely takes over your life" - Casey's story

May 13, 2021

Casey's son, Alfie, was born full term weighing 8 pounds 5oz. Sadly he suffered from HIE and his brain was starved of oxygen for over 20 minutes.…


"I felt like I had failed her" - Shannon's story

May 05, 2021

Shannon's daughter, Senara, was born a week past her due date suffered a shoulder dystocia during birth. Here, Shannon discusses her NICU experience…

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"I wish I had taken a break when I could" - Vanessa's story

April 29, 2021

I found out I was pregnant mid-May 2020, right in the heart of a pandemic, when my husband had just left for Afghanistan.

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"It is devastating to see your little one covered in wires" - Beth's story

April 22, 2021

After a difficult pregnancy, Beth's son Kai was born full term, during lockdown. Sadly, Kai needed care in NICU. His stay in NICU was made even more…

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"That moment I yearned for felt nothing like I thought it would" - Leah's story

April 06, 2021

After a smooth pregnancy, Leah gave birth at 42 weeks. No one expected her baby to need neonatal care, but her son Oscar was born with his umbilical…


"It could be the difference between being a rocket scientist or a brain surgeon" - Steph's story

April 06, 2021

Steph's daughter, Mia, was born full term and diagnosed with grade 2 HIE (Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy). Here, Steph describes the birth and how…


"We had no idea if she would survive" - Hannah's story

March 30, 2021

When Hannah was about to give birth to her full term daughter, she did not expect for her to need care in NICU. Here, Hannah discusses the birth…

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