Archive of ‘Neonatal’ category

Little Star

Blopmamma is a part-time neonatal nurse. It is rare to read about life inside a neonatal unit from a staff member’s perspective. It is rarer still to read about the death of a baby from a nurse or doctor’s perspective. Twinkle, Twinkle, the post that describes the death of the baby boy whose funeral she […] Read more…

HELLP Syndrome: still processing the events, 10 months on

Woke up one night. “Heartburn,” I thought. 23 weeks’ pregnant, right on time. It was uncomfortable, I felt constantly full. Normal heartburn medicine did nothing. I was putting on a lot of weight. Normal for pregnancy, I thought. I was becoming breathless. Related to the weight gain, I thought. I was very emotional. Normal pregnancy […] Read more…

Hugo's Legacy is helping other babies

For Hugo’s funeral we asked for floral tributes from close family only, with donations to our chosen charities: First Touch and Ronald McDonald House Tooting, from everyone else. Flowers are always beautiful, but of course they have a limited life. Donations of money, in contrast, have the potential to help many other families, just as […] Read more…

Preemie parents get help from new Tommy's App

Having a premature baby can be a terrifying time, but a new app from Tommy’s that is launched today (November 17, to coincide with World Prematurity Day) promises to make parents’ journey a little bit easier. Giving birth prematurely is often unexpected, meaning parents are suddenly thrown in to the unfamiliar world of a hospital’s Neonatal Unit, […] Read more…

Hugo's Legacy: Fundraising for First Touch

Hugo’s legacy grew still further at the weekend with an event fundraising for First Touch, the charity for sick and premature babies at St George’s Hospital. My wonderful friend Louise hosted a Jamie at Home evening. For the uninitiated, a Jamie at Home party gives attendees the opportunity to browse and purchase Jamie Oliver kitchen and homeware […] Read more…

Five reasons why all preemies are completely inspiring

Babies born prematurely are completely remarkable and inspiring. Besides my beautiful Hugo, born at just 24 weeks, I have heard many other stories of preemies’ huge character that belies their tiny size. These preemies demonstrate a strength and bravery to put grown-ups to shame. They scrap and fight with every scrap of their being to […] Read more…

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