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As a male and first time Dad I felt useless and helpless…

Both a mother’s and father’s mental health are associated with increased risk that their baby will be born premature, a new study has found. The research, led by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) and published in EClinicalMedicine, found men with persistent mental health problems through adolescence and young adulthood

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Our baby was born at 34 weeks with complications

Here is Sarah Petty’s story: Last week we celebrated our son Thomas’s first birthday. It was a year ago that my husband and I went through some of the most difficult but most rewarding weeks of our lives. This time last year, our baby was born at 34 weeks with

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Prior to giving birth, I hadn’t heard of NICU

On the 27th of February Tia unexpectedly gave birth at 26 weeks. Her baby was breech and transverse and required an emergency c-section. This was Tia’s first baby, and she had no idea what to expect, let alone what NICU was… Here is Tia’s story: Darcy is my first born

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Tips for NICU Dads

Tips for NICU Dads from three new fathers who have been there. Dad Aaron of 26 week twins, Sean and Patrick, now home Being a NICU dad is your challenge. You can be the support that your partner needs but you may need support also. Family, friends, hospital staff and

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“The doctor wants the baby out now!”…

Isla Joy was born on 2/11/19 at 34 weeks, she spent 17 nights in the Special Care Nursery in a hospital an hour away from her home in Traralgon, regional Victoria. Mum Eden shares their story: Other than awful morning sickness that lasted until 20 weeks, my pregnancy had been

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I waited 7 days to hold her

At 31 weeks, Aime was diagnosed with preeclampsia and after days of uncertainty and dangerously high blood pressure, was given a Caesarean. Her daughter Lilah was born with a collapsed lung which required a tube under her armpit into her lungs. They were finally able to hold Lilah after 7

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Gratitude and giving back

Kerry is a peer-support volunteer with our NICU Connections Facebook groups. It was her experience of having daughter Emily at 27 weeks, that inspired her to reach out and support others in facing the prem parenting journey. Emily is now 14, so Kerry has a wealth of knowledge to share

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Fundraising for Matthew

Dad Sam was so grateful for the support and care his family received after the birth of his son Matthew, that he chose to have a birthday fundraiser as a way to say thank you. Here Sam shares his story and how Matthew, who was born with bilateral talipes (club

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“Looking back I don’t know how we did it”…

Parker was born at 28 weeks and is now almost 9. Mum, Jacquie looks back on their journey through hospital, of living 100kms away, and dealing with chronic lung disease, and the strange feeling it was to finally come home after spending so long in hospital. As you can see,

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