Posts Tagged ‘pregnancy’

Life After…The Death of My Dad

Welcome back to my Life After… series. The concept is my readers share their stories of life-changing experiences and as the title suggests what their life is like after, to give hope to others going through similar experiences. The stories that readers have already very generously shared have certainly resonated with many other readers – […] Read more…

Thoughts for World Prematurity Day

Did you know one in 13 babies are born prematurely? Those babies, and their parents need very special support. That’s why World Prematurity Day (today, November 17) is crucial. It is a day where we think about babies born too soon, too small. It is a day where we celebrate the babies who went home. It […] Read more…

What Happened at the National Maternity Review Team Listening Event?

Yesterday was the first listening event of the National Maternity Review, held at London King’s College. The invitation, from the Chair of the review herself, Baroness Julia Cumberledge promised that the event would “…be pooling ideas to improve maternity services.” And that “We are most anxious to hear from all those who have an interest […] Read more…

I Wish

I wish you were in my tummy for the full 40 weeks. Or if not, that you could have come home with Daddy and me. I wish we had thousands of photos of you tracking every day of your life, every milestone, every special moment. I wish I was able to watch you grow. I […] Read more…

Life After…Birth Trauma

Many of you will know the background to my and Hugo’s story. Hugo was born by emergency Caesarean section on February 20, 2014. The circumstances of his birth were hugely traumatic because it was literally a life-and-death situation. The legacy of the trauma of Hugo’s birth has affected me ever since. Flashbacks, a feeling of disconnection, […] Read more…

What I Want The National Maternity Review Team to Know

The National Maternity Review is going to be assessing current maternity services, and consider how services across the country should change to meet the needs of women and babies. My son Hugo was born in February 2014 when I was just 24 weeks’ pregnant because I had the rare, life-threatening pregnancy complications HELLP syndrome and […] Read more…

Life After…The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Raising awareness of issues affecting premature babies and their families is something I am very passionate about. I am pleased that today’s Life After comes from wonderful Catriona of the brilliant Smallest Things, which is focused on campaigning for babies born too soon. Here, Catriona writes about what happened after her first son was born much […] Read more…

Communication Matters: Results of the 2014 Neonatal Survey

Imagine seeing your new baby in an incubator, covered in tubes and perhaps ventilated to help them breathe. Imagine seeing your new baby in pain and there being little you can do to make it better. Imagine being surrounded by unfamiliar machines that beep relentlessly, unfamiliar words, terrifying news, feeling constant bewilderment. Imagine not being able […] Read more…

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