Premature Babies

PTSD Following Premature Birth

Catriona Ogilvy | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK Parents
Catriona Ogilvy

Nothing can really prepare you for parenthood; but when your baby is born prematurely the time to plan and the excitement and anticipation of a new arrival is dramatically interrupted. Shocked and numb, you suddenly find yourself in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

Touching Photo Highlights Importance Of Skin-To-Skin Contact With Newborns

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 20.05.2016 | UK Parents

A touching photo of a father and son practicing skin-to-skin contact with newborn twins is highlighting the benefits of the practice. The photo, shar...

Precious Moment Mum Holds Premature Son For The First Time 60 Hours After Birth

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 23.02.2016 | UK Parents

A new mother was filmed as she held her premature son for the first time in an incredibly touching video. Jessica's newborn son Hugo, who was born ...

Touching Videos Of Premature Twins Holding Hands Melt Hearts Everywhere

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK Parents

Numerous videos of a pair of premature twins who can't stop holding hands are melting hearts all over the internet. Mum Anthea Jackson-Rushford, fr...

Woman Who Was Born Four Months Prematurely Becomes A Mum

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 05.01.2016 | UK Parents

Doctors described her as a "miracle" when she was born four months premature and now Alana Elliot has a baby of her own. Elliot, 26, from Aviemore,...

Mum Of Premature Baby's Plea: Make Blood Donation Your New Year's Resolution

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 29.12.2015 | UK Parents

If you've not yet settled on a New Year's Resolution, this mum has a suggestion that could save a life. Sian Waugh, from Midlothian, Scotland, has ...

Mum Writes Poem To Baby Who Died After She Gave Birth Prematurely To Have Chemo

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 21.12.2015 | UK Parents

A baby, who was born 12 weeks prematurely as her mum had cancer and needed to start an aggressive form of chemotherapy treatment , has died. Ally L...

'Bun In The Oven' Couple Release First Photos Of Premature Son

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 20.11.2015 | UK Parents

The couple whose 'bun in the oven' pregnancy announcement went viral have released the first photos of their son who was born at 24 weeks. Dana Gri...

A Raisin Could Predict Your Child's Intelligence Aged 8: Here's How

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 21.12.2015 | UK Parents

One little raisin could predict how well your child will do at school, a new study suggests. Children, aged 20 months old, who resisted eating a r...

Why World Prematurity Day Matters

Leigh Kendall | Posted 17.11.2015 | UK Parents
Leigh Kendall

You have just given birth to your precious baby, far too early. Your baby's birth is likely to have happened suddenly: your pregnancy, that precious time spent with your baby inside you, kicking away, ripped away.

Poignant Then And Now Photos Show Premature Babies Are 'Great Fighters'

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 09.11.2015 | UK Parents

A father who photographs children holding pictures of themselves as premature babies has added six new shots to his collection, highlighting how these...

Bliss Baby Report 2015: Hanging in the Balance

Louise Parry | Posted 22.10.2015 | UK Parents
Louise Parry

Neonatal units aren't meeting the standards required of them. That is the underlying message of the new report from Bliss, the UK charity for sick and premature babies. The findings aren't unexpected. But they're still shocking.

Baby Mollie Is So Tiny Her Dad's Wedding Ring Fits On Her Arm

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 25.08.2015 | UK Parents

The moment a father held his premature baby for the first time was captured in a touching photograph. James Perrin, 38, slipped his wedding ring on...

Parents Claim They Were Asked To Sign A Do Not Resuscitate Form For Their Unborn Baby

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 20.07.2015 | UK Parents

The parents of a premature baby, who beat the odds to survive being born four months early, claim doctors asked them to sign a Do Not Resuscitate (DNR...

The Lament of the Mother of a Premature Baby

Leigh Kendall | Posted 29.05.2015 | UK Parents
Leigh Kendall

I never expected an emergency C-section, under general anaesthetic and accompanied by seemingly most of the hospital's maternity team's staff. I never expected my partner to have to wait, terrified, in a separate room to hear whether I and his baby had survived.

Miracle Baby With Thumbnail Sized Heart Celebrates First Birthday

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 29.05.2015 | UK Parents

When Helen Clarey gave birth a year ago, she was told it was unlikely her son, Noah, would survive because his heart was the size of a thumbnail. ...

14 Mums Explain Why They Feed Other Women's Babies With Their Breast Milk

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Parents

Would you offer your breast milk to another woman’s baby? More mums do this than you might imagine. Every year in the UK more than 1500 dono...

Premature Birth Can 'Alter Brain Wiring' In Babies

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Parents

Premature birth can alter the wiring in key parts of a baby's brain, a new study has found. The discovery could help explain why being born too ear...

How Freezer Bags Saved Two Premature Babies

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.05.2015 | UK Parents

When a woman gives birth prematurely, the last thing she is likely to think about is using freezer bags as a lifesaver. But that's exactly What Emm...

Mum Who Gave Birth At 25 Weeks Urges Women To Learn Bacterial Vaginosis Symptoms

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 15.04.2015 | UK Parents

A mum is urging women to learn the symptoms of Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) after the condition caused her to go into premature labour. Amanda Butler, ...

There Are Always Options for Compassionate End-Of-Life Care

Leigh Kendall | Posted 25.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Leigh Kendall

The distinction in Hugo's care between 'there being no hope' and 'no further treatment' being worthwhile with 'nothing more can be done' is crucial. Nothing more could be done to save Hugo's life, but we were able to give him a good death.

Nine Tips for Parents of Babies in a Neonatal Unit

Leigh Kendall | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Leigh Kendall

These tips include advice I was given, and things I learned the hard way while my son Hugo was being cared for. Having a baby in a neonatal unit is so stressful - I hope this helps other mummies and daddies.

World Prematurity Day: Prevention Is the Only Way to Reduce the Toll of Premature Birth

Jane Brewin | Posted 17.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Brewin

Prematurity often comes with few warning signs and mums and dads can be unprepared. Some may not have started attending their antenatal classes or even begun thinking about the birth. Uncertainty about their baby's health and seeing them linked to wires and machines can be an incredibly frightening and scary experience.

Dad Makes Sick Baby Son An 'Iron Man' Costume

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

A doting father has made a teeny 'Iron Man' costume for his premature baby son to "help him feel brave". Collier Hart is just four months old, but ...

Small Babies, Big Lives; The Charity Helping the NHS Save Lives

Hannah Gal | Posted 17.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Hannah Gal

Harriet Laura Amy Leah was born at 37 weeks on 16th November 2012 by c-section. "She was laying very awkwardly" explains her mum Zena, "doing the splits and her cord was presenting, had my waters gone the cord would have been the first thing out and she would have most probably suffocated"