Premature Birth

Caesarean Sections... Through A Dad's Eye

Paul Tremain | Posted 04.10.2017 | UK Parents
Paul Tremain

With our twins 'coming out' early at 35 weeks, we were having a caesarean section which when 'planned' does feel like you're booking into some form of mini break, except as a dad, you don't get a bed, you're not included on the meal plan and you're the bag carrier...

Baby Loss: Why We Are Fundraising For Tommy's

Phil Whyman | Posted 17.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Phil Whyman

The elation of finding out that you are going to be welcoming a child in to the world in just nine short months. The thrills of watching your little one grow, attend nursery, school and university, get married, and have children of their own. So many dreams are about to be fulfilled. And life looks good.

Love Note To Portage

Sally Craythorne | Posted 13.07.2017 | UK Parents
Sally Craythorne

everybody banner We became parents eleven weeks earlier than we should have, when Alice and Mary were born spontaneously at 29 weeks. We weren't allowed to hold them. They were rushed straight to NICU, where they remained for six weeks. About halfway through their stay, we were told Alice had PVL (Periventricular Leukomalacia) and that the chances were high for a future diagnosis of cerebral palsy.

This Mum Gave Birth To Her Twins Two Weeks Apart

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 12.04.2017 | UK Parents

A woman gave birth to her twins two weeks apart after unexpectedly going into labour at 24 weeks. LaTroya Woolridge from Texas, US, drove herself to h...

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.

A Micro Preemie: My Story

Holly Boardman | Posted 06.01.2017 | UK Parents
Holly Boardman

Three years ago today my waters broke while I was 25 weeks pregnant with my second child. It was unequivocally the most terrifying moment of my life as everything I had planned for the future was abruptly tipped upon its head...

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.

When Your Toddler Is Tougher Than You

Angela Corpe | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK Parents
Angela Corpe

I have two poorly babies. Nothing too serious - just the standard vomiting bug that rips through nursery as fast as mums head for a glass of wine once the kids are in bed. I only have one pair of arms though, which is tricky when both your children want to be scooped up in them all day long, not to mention back-breaking.

Why We Need To Extend Statutory Maternity Leave For Mothers Of Premature Babies

Catriona Ogilvy | Posted 26.10.2016 | UK Parents
Catriona Ogilvy

Premature babies are babies for longer. Born early they develop according to their 'corrected' age, which is calculated according to their due date rather than their birth date. This sees parents returning to work when their babies are still physically and emotionally less developed in comparison to babies born on or near their due date.

Why We Need To Extend Statutory Maternity Leave For Mothers Of Premature Babies

Catriona Ogilvy | Posted 26.10.2016 | UK Parents
Catriona Ogilvy

Premature babies are babies for longer. Born early they develop according to their 'corrected' age, which is calculated according to their due date rather than their birth date. This sees parents returning to work when their babies are still physically and emotionally less developed in comparison to babies born on or near their due date.

Two Preemie Babies and Two Bouts of PND Nearly Destroyed Me

Holly Boardman | Posted 02.07.2017 | UK Parents
Holly Boardman

I'm stronger than I ever believed and I have come out the other side more patient, empathetic and open minded than I was before. I also have two wonderful boys who came through it with me and for that I am eternally thankful.

The Butterfly Sticker That Alerts Visitors Of Baby Loss

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK Parents

A mother who lost one of her twin girls after they were both born prematurely has spearheaded an initiative to alert visitors about the loss of a sibl...

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.

Premature Birth and the Lost Trimester

Catriona Ogilvy | Posted 11.06.2017 | UK Parents
Catriona Ogilvy

Grief and loss go hand-in-hand in neonatal intensive care. Without warning, pregnancies come to an abrupt end and parents of premature babies often describe similar feelings of loss. When my own first pregnancy came to a sudden end at 30 weeks I found myself grieving for the final trimester that I never had.

PTSD Following Premature Birth

Catriona Ogilvy | Posted 20.05.2017 | 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).

Longer Maternity Leave for Preemie Mums: Five Reasons Why

Catriona Ogilvy | Posted 17.05.2017 | UK Parents
Catriona Ogilvy

For many mothers this means weeks, often months before they can bring their baby home. For these mothers, maternity leave is spent visiting their baby each day in neonatal intensive care, an uncertain world full of monitors, lines and breathing machines where anxious parents wait beside incubators.

Fascinating Video Shows Baby Born Inside Amniotic Sac

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 25.02.2016 | UK Parents

Warning: Some may find this video graphic. A fascinating video of a baby born inside the amniotic sac has been viewed more than 20 million times on...

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...

Mother Describes Heartbreaking Moment Premature Baby Was Stillborn In Taxi

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 13.01.2016 | UK Parents

A mother has shared her grief following the "horrific" moment her premature baby was stillborn in the back of a taxi. Nadia Smart, 22 from Dundee, ...

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,...

Pregnant Woman With Cancer Will Give Birth 12 Weeks Early To Save Her Life

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 09.12.2015 | UK Parents

A pregnant woman with breast cancer will be giving birth 12 weeks early so she can undergo potentially lifesaving chemotherapy. Heidi Loughlin, 33...

Mum Goes Into Labour Mid-Flight, Names Premature Baby After Country She Was Born In

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 30.10.2015 | UK Parents

A mum who went into labour on a transatlantic flight, four months before her due date, has named her daughter after the country she was born in. Je...

Bliss Baby Report 2015: Hanging in the Balance

Louise Parry | Posted 21.10.2016 | 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.

Mum From Viral Pregnancy Announcement Breaks Silence: 'Please Keep Praying'

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packhamt | Posted 22.10.2015 | UK Parents

The mother from the viral 'bun in the oven' pregnancy announcement has broken her silence to give an update on the status of her son, after it was rev...

Mother In Viral Pregnancy Video In 'Critical Care' After Baby Was Delivered At 24 Weeks

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 21.10.2015 | UK Parents

The dad from the viral pregnancy announcement who had been trying for a baby for 17 years has revealed his wife is in "critical care" after their son ...