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A day in the NICU

A day in the NICU

Written by Lisa Norman Everyone’s day will be slightly different but this was my experience of a day in the NICU while I was still in hospital and then once I was discharged. The days changed based on how fit and well I was. It will also depend on personal...

Pregnancy after a preemie

Pregnancy after a preemie

Written by Lisa Norman In September of last year we found out we were expecting our second child. We were really excited about having a new addition but there was an underlying worry about having another premature baby. Me and my partner joked about ”how far I would...

Cesarean or Vaginal – All birth is birth!

Cesarean or Vaginal – All birth is birth!

April is Cesarean Section Awareness Month, both Lisa and I are c-section mamas. Lisa has now had 2 cesareans (you can read her story here) and three of my boys were born via C-Section. My second son was born via elective section at term. I chose a belly birth because...

My birth, my choice, raising c-section awareness

My birth, my choice, raising c-section awareness

Written by Lisa Norman For those of you not familiar with my story, my birth plan for my first son had not been discussed or even thought about. I knew it was something I couldn’t avoid forever. It hadn’t come up yet in the appointments that I had with my midwife so...

Mental health after having a preemie

Mental health after having a preemie

Written by Lisa Norman April 20th - 25th is Neonatal mental health awareness week 2020. This topic is one that both Stacey and I feel strongly about. This year the focus is around the first words that come to mind when you think of neonatal mental health. My first...

NICU discharge – what life looks like after

NICU discharge – what life looks like after

Written by Lisa Norman NICU discharge wasn't something I had thought much about. Day 73 looked set to be another good day on the neonatal unit for my baby boy. He had been stable for the last ten days or so. His medication was working, he was breathing on his own and...

COVID-19 ruined my maternity plans

COVID-19 ruined my maternity plans

Written by Lisa Norman I’m currently pregnant with my second baby boy. I am soon due to start my maternity leave and I had maternity plans all thought out. My first pregnancy as many of you know certainly did not go to plan! My little boy arrived 10 weeks early via an...

The birth trauma book – taking part

The birth trauma book – taking part

Written by Lisa Norman Birth trauma is talked but if it has too much coverage people start commenting about how women are being unnecessarily scared about the minority of birth cases. After going through my own birth trauma I really wish I had been better prepared. I...