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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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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…

My baby’s HIE left me with severe anxiety – Suzanne’s story

February 13, 2020

Suzanne describes how worries over her IVF treatment, followed by a distressing birth, amplified her anxiety

Advice to my 24-year-old self with a baby born at 23 weeks

February 05, 2020

When Sophie was 24, she gave birth to a baby, Tabitha, weighing 15 ounces. This is the advice she would give to her younger self at the beginning of…

'It's an anxious time leaving the security of neonatal staff' - Natalie's story

January 23, 2020

Natalie's daughter Anya was born at 26 weeks. She describes taking Anya home from the neonatal unit, only for them to return to hospital a year later.

A Cold Kept Me From My Baby – Kim’s Story

January 20, 2020

Respiratory Syncytial Virus, a common virus with mild cold-like symptoms for adults but which can be extremely serious for young babies, meant Kim…

My baby’s battle with cloacal exstrophy– Sammie and Kriss’ Story

January 06, 2020

Sammie and Kriss’ son Rief was born with an extremely rare condition which meant his abdominal organs were outside his body and his reproductive…

Life as a neonatal nurse: it’s more than just cuddling babies

January 01, 2020

Nicola describes the ups and downs of life as a neonatal nurse

‘I wanted Christmas Day to disappear’ – Laura’s story

December 18, 2019

Laura describes how having baby’s first Christmas in the NICU can bring up all sorts of emotions.

“When I left at night my heart was aching” - Georgina's story

December 05, 2019

In this blog, Georgina talks about the experience of being separated from her premature daughter Rosie.

24 weeks and 780 grams - Olivia's story

November 14, 2019

Olivia's son Lenny was born prematurely with a congenital heart defect, she describes how her family copes with the 'NICU rollercoaster'.