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D is for… Preemie A-Z

D is for… Preemie A-Z

Being on the neonatal unit is a tough thing to endure. The journey takes its toll physically as well as emotionally. In the very early days there will be lots of words that are either completely new to you or there will be words you’ve heard but they have never had a...

Sleep issues with my preemie

Sleep issues with my preemie

My little boy came home from the neonatal unit with a great sleep pattern. Sleep issues came later and I was not prepared for them at all. It can be so hard and I realise that his sleep issues are not as bad as others. In this blog I will cover what we have done and I...

PTSD triggers in every day life

PTSD triggers in every day life

I was diagnosed with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and anxiety after the traumatic birth and events that followed after my little boy was born. PTSD triggers come in all different ways and hit you when you least suspect it. Getting help was the best thing I...

Preemies first day out

Preemies first day out

After a 73 day stay on the neonatal unit we got the exciting news that we could take our son home. Our baby boy was born at 30 weeks via an emergency c-section after the sonographer had seen that things weren’t quite right on the scan. We were told that our baby boy...

Choosing childcare for your preemie

Choosing childcare for your preemie

My original plan was to only take six months off work and as soon as my pay was due to drop significantly go back to work. Choosing childcare for my little boy felt like a horrible and daunting task. In fact, before I made the decision to extend my maternity leave, I...

Preemie A-Z C is for…

Preemie A-Z C is for…

Welcome to the third blog in this series. The language and jargon that’s used in the NICU can be quite daunting and sometimes you need help to remember those terms or just another set of words to explain them so they make sense! Never be afraid to ask the nurses and...

What charity events to look out for this year

What charity events to look out for this year

COVID-19 has hit a lot of small charities really hard and it is estimated that up to 70% of charities will cease to exist by the end of 2020. They rely heavily on people being able to do fun runs, bake sales and coffee mornings amongst many other things. With lockdown...

Preemie related speech delay

Preemie related speech delay

A common experience for preemies is speech delay. My preemie is no exception. By the time he was 2 and a half it was really evident that he was getting further and further behind other children his age. Speech delay is thought to happen because a premature baby’s...

Increasing your milk supply

Increasing your milk supply

Many preemie mums have issues with their milk supply. Expressing is very different to breastfeeding your baby. I expressed while my first son was on the neonatal unit and continued when he came home. He was on so much medication that bottle feeding him expressed milk...