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.
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.