PTSD and anxieties following premature birth or the ill health of your child come in many forms, all of which are simply not discussed and mothers are not warned. I don’t have the answers but what I do have is my own very real experience of living with the after effects of the things me…… Continue reading PTSD and premature birth, you’re not alone
Coping with having your baby in neonatal for any amount of time is hard, you emotionally shut down and you truly are simply existing and not living. Going through this experience when you have older children at home adds additional pressures and guilt. All you want to do is be beside your babies incubator…… Continue reading Torn in two, NICU and older siblings
The big feeding question, breast or not, is a complex and emotional journey for preemie mums. Breastfeeding is a massively emotive topic but in the context of premature birth it’s one which I think needs to be more openly discussed. The journey which may or may not lead you to breastfeeding your premature baby is…… Continue reading Breast or bottle, a complex emotional journey for preemie mums
I’ve never shown anyone this photograph before, in fact I haven’t even looked at it since it was taken but I was looking back at NICU photos ahead of the boys second birthdays and I felt it was the one shot that really summed it up. This is the first moment I held both of…… Continue reading The pain of NICU
So 2016 shocked me somewhat as my little blog went from getting a few visitors to being read in over 150 countries and Facebook went from about 600 followers to a whopping 3,000 which still amazes me on a daily basis. All of your comments and messages spurred me on and gave me the confidence…… Continue reading Top 5 posts of 2016
Imagine for a moment giving birth to your baby but instead of having them placed onto your chest, feeling their warm moist skin against yours, hearing their every breath and bleating cry, they are whisked away from you with just a glimpse of their tiny skeletal, pale, lifeless body. It’s possibly another 8-12 hours before…… Continue reading Why The Smallest Things campaign is so important for preemie mums
You may have seen quite a few posts from me on my Facebook page over the past couple of month’s about various events I have arranged in aid of Bliss, the UK charity supporting premature babies and their families. Whether premature birth has effected you or not and whether Bliss is a charity you actively support…… Continue reading Wow we raised £1,000 for Bliss, well done!