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A Hydrops survivor

When I turned up for my 30 week scan at the hospital I was completely unprepared for what was about to happen. We were told our unborn son had Hydrops and SVT. These are two health conditions I had never heard of before and my lack of knowledge scared me. We had...

Frequently asked questions put to preemie parents

There are a few frequently asked questions that family and friends put to preemie parents. Sometimes it can be difficult to answer those questions, especially in the early days. Hopefully this list of frequently asked questions can help a little. How many weeks early...

Jenny’s story – My premature babies

Having struggled to conceive for years, on the day of our scan (second round of IVF and thousands of pounds later) we were nervous and excited at the same time – although trying to manage our own expectations. As the gel was gently rubbed over my tum during the...

Fathers’ Day with a preemie

When you find out you are going to be a parent you don’t envisage that you will be spending days like Fathers' Day on the neonatal unit. You envisage that your happy little family will be at home with your first card and gift from your little bundle of joy being...

World Blood Donor Day

World Blood Donor Day (WBDD) takes place every year on the 14th June, the first was in 2004. It’s one of eight official campaigns support by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The campaign is to raise awareness of the much needed blood and blood products given by...

The halfway point!

How are we at the halfway point already? The last six months have gone so quickly! One minute we are seeing in the New Year with hugs, kisses and big cheers (I was actually in bed by 10pm and asleep – my party days are few and far between these days). The next we are...

Heart Rhythm Week

There are all sorts of awareness days and weeks these days. They are a fantastic way for various people to come together to raise awareness on certain conditions. The purpose being to educate people so that if they suddenly find themselves experiencing this condition...

Siblings of a premature baby

When a new baby arrives older children can be forgotten, or expected to grow up a little quicker. I feel sorry for siblings of a premature baby as suddenly everyone's focus is on the new arrival. They may feel left out or that they don't want to talk about their own...

The premature baby ‘club’

It's a club that no one expects to be in. I was in the 'that won't happen to me' camp myself. It's a club that no one wants to be in, and one you wouldn't wish on your worst enemy, however you are in it. It is all a whirlwind and you don't fully grasp what is going on...