Posts Tagged ‘neonatal unit’

How to help neonatal parents

It’s Neonatal Awareness Day on Tuesday September 30, which is a timely opportunity to talk about some of the challenges that parents whose baby is in a neonatal unit face. If someone close to you is one of these mummies or daddies you’ll probably want to know what to do to help them. The emphasis is on […] Read more…

The 24 week abortion limit and viability of premature babies: exploring behind the emotive headline

The 24 week legal abortion limit has been in the news again, with a couple calling for a review after their daughter was born alive at the same stage of pregnancy. This issue is far more complex than how it has been reported. It is about more than the rights and wrongs of abortion and the legal limit. […] Read more…

World Breastfeeding Week: Expressing breast milk for a very premature baby

In honour of World Breastfeeding Week, I would like to share my experiences of expressing my breast milk for my very premature son, Hugo. Hugo was born at 24 weeks because I had HELLP syndrome and pre-eclampsia. In the days between the diagnosis and the delivery, I had worried that due to the extreme prematurity I would be […] Read more…

Remembering Hugo

Martin and I paid a visit to St George’s Hospital yesterday. This is the hospital where our son Hugo was born, cared for and sadly died. The visit was an important part of helping us manage our grief about our tragic loss – and making sure our son is remembered through donations to the charities who […] Read more…

HELLP syndrome: an acute condition with enduring impact

In mid-February 2014, I went to my routine 24 week community midwife appointment. I expected to out for about an hour, and carry on about the business of being pregnant. Little did I know, I wouldn’t return home for six weeks, and that appointment would change my life forever.  The midwife did the usual tests: my blood pressure is usually […] Read more…

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