Leigh. The neonatal experience can feel so disempowering, but expressing was one thing I could control

The following story is reblogged with the kind permission of Leigh Kendall. In her blog Headspace-Perspective. Leigh talks candidly about the loss of her son Hugo, HELLP syndrome, premature birth and many other issues. She also blogs for the Huffington Post. Hugo was born at 24 weeks because I had HELLP syndrome and pre-eclampsia. In the days between the…

Amber. A Labour of Love.

After having one prem baby already, I was pretty determined to not have another.  Not because Having my 31 weaker was horrific, he was very strong!  But because I didn’t want to pump!  There was no reason found for Atticus being born early and no reason for this pregnancy to be early too.  But I…

Carmen. A parenting journey, stripped bare.

I watched my baby grow through a perspex window. Day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute. I learned how slippery time could be in neonatal intensive care (NICU). Horror-filled seconds would expand with the shriek of an alarm, only for precious hours to melt away when his breath was close to mine. My…