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Artificial Wombs - A Perspective From A NICU Mum

Vicki Cockerill | Posted 14.05.2017 | UK Parents
Vicki Cockerill

It very much a nature vs science argument. I think if the outcome with the human trials is as successful as it has been then it will revolutionise premature births. We would potentially have to revaluate how NICU departments are run to accommodate this when it is ready to be used but this may be a positive thing.

A Day In The Life Of An NICU Mum

Vicki Cockerill | Posted 18.04.2017 | UK Parents
Vicki Cockerill

When I went in to give birth to Elijah, I didn't just become a mum, I became a NICU Mum. This was not in the birth plan. I never considered in a million years that there would be something wrong with my baby, let alone I would watch him fight for his life in the Neo Natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for nine days before we could finally bring him home.

The First Weeks Of Being A Parent. I Missed Out

Tamara Spurway | Posted 13.04.2017 | UK Parents
Tamara Spurway

When will I learn? I made the mistake of watching One Born Every Minute today. Sometimes it has no effect on me at all but I must be tired because I cried and it wasn't even a really emotional one.

Why Don't We Talk About Premature Birth?

Catriona Ogilvy | Posted 04.04.2017 | UK Parents
Catriona Ogilvy

It wasn't until Samuel turned three that I felt strong enough to speak about our journey - a journey that five years on still continues. Through our stories I find comfort that I am not alone and that there are mums and dads who understand.

World Prematurity Day 17 November 2016

Catriona Ogilvy | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Parents
Catriona Ogilvy

If anything was to go wrong I wanted to be at a hospital where I knew and trusted the neonatal services. Little did know that six months later I would be walking through their doors as a NICU mum and that I would hardly recognise the medical environment where I had once worked.

Slipping Through The Cracks Of NICU Parent Mental Health Care

Vicki Cockerill | Posted 04.11.2016 | UK Parents
Vicki Cockerill

This is surely the time our mental health is likely to suffer? Why is there not some sort of check system to go and visit those who have had a traumatic birth or had a NICU baby, or even lost a baby? Perhaps then it won't get to the point where we are diagnosed with a mental illness.

Why I Grieved for My Healthy Baby

Vicki Cockerill | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK Parents
Vicki Cockerill

I am glad that I have now come to terms with grieving for what my birth could have been, with the healthy baby I could have had. The fact of the matter is I didn't have those things. I still gave birth, my child did come home, I am still a mother but to a heart warrior who I wouldn't change for the world.

Just a Little Longer: Life After NICU

Catriona Ogilvy | Posted 21.06.2017 | UK Parents
Catriona Ogilvy

At home we can be together, no monitors or alarms. For the first time in forever I begin to be your mum. I feel the pain we've been through, I stop to take a breath. I realise now, what other NICU mums will know, my journey has just begun.

Helping Mum to be Mum: Life in NICU

Catriona Ogilvy | Posted 18.06.2017 | UK Parents
Catriona Ogilvy

In neonatal intensive care the small things matter, particularly when you are unable to hold your baby. Simple acts such as wiping tiny eyes or cleaning tiny fingers can leave lasting memories, create bonds and fulfil a mothers need to care; the importance of these acts must not be underestimated for all parents, no matter the length of their NICU stay - days, weeks or months.

To My Son, The Heart Warrior

Vicki Cockerill | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK Parents
Vicki Cockerill

I know I could have been a better mother, that I could have made the effort and see people, that I could have taken you out more. I was so worried Elijah, so worried I would lose you.

Six Life Lessons From the NICU

Alison Bloomer | Posted 27.05.2017 | UK Parents
Alison Bloomer

For every nine families that walk out of the door of the maternity wing elated yet flagging, one will spend time in the neonatal unit. And within each unit is this room. A room that if it could talk would tell you such tragic tales. That has witnessed the deepest depths of despair.

The Worst Time of My Life Was Just After the Birth of My Son

Vicki Cockerill | Posted 25.05.2017 | UK Parents
Vicki Cockerill

Giving birth to a beautiful baby should be such a joyous time. I can say what followed the birth of my son was far from the best time of my life. It was the worst. 12 hours post birth Elijah began to go purple and have 'dusky episodes'. He was admitted to NICU where he was diagnosed with a serious heart defect.

An Open Letter to the Neonatal Unit Staff Who Cared for My Premature Baby

Leigh Kendall | Posted 17.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Leigh Kendall

You did everything you could to help us, especially as we were in a hospital far away from home. We knew you were always there for all of us. We knew you loved Hugo nearly as much as we did. We knew you wanted us to be able to take Hugo home as much as we did.

Five Reasons Why All Preemies Are Amazing

Leigh Kendall | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Leigh Kendall

Many premature babies do eventually go home with their proud and grateful parents. These babies are inspiring, as many stories outline. The proliferation of success stories can give the impression that all preemie babies get to go home and live happily ever after. Sadly, that is not the case.