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Parent Stories

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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It’s doubly hard with twins

It’s doubly challenging having twin prems. Mum Amy shares her story of her 30 week twins Ollie and Riley and how they got through serious complications, surgeries and separation. At just 6 weeks pregnant I went for my dating scan little beknown to me the shock I was in for,

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Anakin’s Story

Our little treasure Anakin’s due date is this week, which is still an emotional time for us even 2 years on. He was born weighing just 1 kg at 30 weeks, miraculously surviving threatened miscarriages from 17 weeks and then my waters breaking at 23 weeks from Influenza A. After

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Jessica and Evanna’s Story

Sometime in July, 19 weeks pregnant, I woke to my 2 year old at 6am knowing she just wanted a cuddle I picked her up and took her to back to my bed. I sat her down and all of a sudden I felt water gush out of me, I

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Indiana and Jackson’s Story

On the 2nd of May 2017 I had finished my shift at work, picked my daughter up from daycare and headed home. That night I went to bed early and at 9pm I awoke to find my bed wet. I brushed it off, changed my sheets and went back to

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