Emma nominates former preemie Emily as her NICU Superhero!


08 November 2019
      

Emma nominates former preemie Emily as her NICU Superhero!

Emma Harding’s son Charlie was born prematurely at 29 weeks and 4 days gestation, and spent 7 weeks in the neonatal unit at the Princess Anne Hospital in Southampton. It was there that Emma met her NICU Superhero Emily Boylett, here’s why she chose to nominate Emily for our NICU Superhero Award:

"I wish to nominate Emily Boylett at the Princess Anne Hospital in Southampton for her care and support on the unit. Without Emily, I wouldn’t have been as strong as I was when it came to expressing for our preemie Charlie, and her continued support when we decided to stop breastfeeding and move to bottle feeding was beyond anything I expected.

She saw me cry numerous times and reminded me how amazing we were doing and how amazing Charlie was. Her incredible smile and kindness always put us at ease and she was a joy to be around.

Charlie absolutely adores Emily and we love seeing her when we visit the unit with donations. She is also a wonderful friendly face at the neonatal coffee mornings.

Emily was also a preemie herself in the Princess Anne many years ago, and has an understanding of all of the families’ journeys like no other."


Congratulations to Emily and thank you Emma for sharing your story. As Emma said, Emily was herself born prematurely, so we asked her about how her experience had affected her and she told us:

"I spent the first 5 months of my life in hospital. I now work where I was born and love to be able to give something back and be able to look after babies just like me."

We're sure that other parents of premature babies will find these inspiring words to be of great comfort.



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04 November 2019
      

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Today's NICU Superhero has been nominated by three families!


01 November 2019
      

Today's NICU Superhero has been nominated by three families!

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Leo’s mum Sarah Nominates Anna from the Walnut Ward


25 October 2019
      

Leo’s mum Sarah Nominates Anna from the Walnut Ward

Congratulations to today’s NICU Superhero, it’s Anna Slee from the Walnut Ward Special Care Baby Unit at Darent Valley Hospital! Anna has been nominated by Leo’s mum Sarah Honour, following his premature birth at 36 weeks gestation. Leo was taken to the Special Care Baby Unit, where he spent one week before being transferred to a second hospital for a further 8 days.

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Our Special Halloween Video Effects are now Live


21 October 2019
      

Our Special Halloween Video Effects are now Live

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NICU Superhero Rachel, cared for all three of Gemma's preemies


18 October 2019
      

NICU Superhero Rachel, cared for all three of Gemma's preemies

It's that time of the week again, it's time to reveal another nomination for our NICU Superhero Award.We have received so many nominations from parents who want to say a big thank you to those special people who cared for their precious babies during their time in the neonatal unit.

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Enter our Halloween Competition and Win Pumpkin Hats for Preemies


13 October 2019
      

Enter our Halloween Competition and Win Pumpkin Hats for Preemies

Halloween is on the way and we have five crocheted pumpkin hats for preemies to give away! If you are the parent of a premature baby who is being cared for in the neonatal unit right now, or you know someone who is, then this competition is for you. Alternatively, perhaps you are a member of a neonatal team? As long as you enjoy Halloween as much as we do, keep reading!
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Today's NICU Superhero is Lisa from the NICU at the QEUH, Glasgow


11 October 2019
      

Today's NICU Superhero is Lisa from the NICU at the QEUH, Glasgow

Lindsay Chalmers' little girl Georgia has been in the neonatal unit for over 100 days now. We can’t even begin to imagine what that must be like for her parents and big sister, but the good news is, she will hopefully be heading home very soon. Lindsay wanted to say thank you to a particular member of the neonatal team at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow

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Jill thanks Kate, with a nomination for our NICU Superhero Award!


04 October 2019
      

Jill thanks Kate, with a nomination for our NICU Superhero Award!

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Congratulations to Ashleigh from Royal Preston Hospital NICU


27 September 2019
      

Congratulations to Ashleigh from Royal Preston Hospital NICU

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Today's NICU Superhero is Julie from Royal United Hospital, Bath


20 September 2019
      

Today's NICU Superhero is Julie from Royal United Hospital, Bath

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Leo’s Neonatal bring vCreate's Secure Video Dairy to 4 neonatal units!


19 September 2019
      

Leo’s Neonatal bring vCreate's Secure Video Dairy to 4 neonatal units!

Today saw the launch of vCreate's Video Messaging App in the neonatal unit at James Cook University Hospital (the first of four neonatal units over the coming months), thanks to a partnership between Leo’s Neonatal and vCreate. Leo’s Neonatal is a charity that was founded by Lottie King, in memory of her son Leo, who very sadly passed away just a few short hours after his premature birth.

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Luca's mum Susan nominates Rosie as her NICU Superhero!


13 September 2019
      

Luca's mum Susan nominates Rosie as her NICU Superhero!

Today’s NICU Superhero looks familiar ... this is Rosie Moncur’s second nomination! Rosie works in the neonatal unit at Aberdeen Maternity Hospital and was first nominated by Èva’s mum Stacey, in May earlier this year. Today's nomination comes from Susan Hutcheon, who got in touch to share her thanks for the care her son Luca received following his premature birth.

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Teresa from the Walnut Ward is Elizabeth's NICU Superhero!


06 September 2019
      

Teresa from the Walnut Ward is Elizabeth's NICU Superhero!

Baby Harrison was born earlier this year, arriving at 41 weeks gestation. Not long afterwards, he was transferred to the Walnut Ward, the Special Care Baby Unit at Darent Valley Hospital. Harrison was transferred for suspected sepsis, low blood sugar, low sodium and jaundice.

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Webinar: Implementing Family Integrated Care in the Neonatal Unit


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Webinar: Implementing Family Integrated Care in the Neonatal Unit

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Sarah from Aberdeen is today’s NICU Superhero!


30 August 2019
      

Sarah from Aberdeen is today’s NICU Superhero!

Today’s nomination for our NICU Superhero award, which recognises those who care for poorly and premature babies in the neonatal unit, comes from Amie Wilson. Amie’s twins, Marley and Rowan, were born prematurely at 31 weeks gestation earlier this year and were cared for by the neonatal team at Aberdeen Maternity Hospital. Amie told us about her journey and why she would like to thank one nurse in particular:

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Knitting and Needlework: Crafting in and for the Neonatal Unit


29 August 2019
      

Knitting and Needlework: Crafting in and for the Neonatal Unit

Knitting, crocheting and crafting, there is an entire army of people out there who are using their creative talents to give back to the community and we think it's fantastic. In addition to helping others, there are a number of benefits for those people who are getting their "craft on" and we wanted to learn more ...
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Congratulations to Natalie from the Jessop Wing NICU in Sheffield!


23 August 2019
      

Congratulations to Natalie from the Jessop Wing NICU in Sheffield!

It’s Friday and we all know what that means … it means it’s time to reveal another parent nomination for our NICU Superhero award! Today we share the first nomination received for a member of the neonatal team at the Jessop Wing in Sheffield, exciting times. Thank you to Kyle’s mum Lyndsey, who got in touch to share her thanks for the neonatal team that cared for her son following his premature birth.

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A note to neonatal nurses regarding funding for vCreate


16 August 2019
      

A note to neonatal nurses regarding funding for vCreate

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Esme’s parents nominate Laura as their NICU Superhero


16 August 2019
      

Esme’s parents nominate Laura as their NICU Superhero

Today’s nomination for our NICU Superhero award comes from Steven and Michelle who are parents to baby Esme. Esme was born prematurely, arriving 4 and a half weeks early and weighing just 5 lbs. For the first few weeks of her life she was cared for in the neonatal unit at Aberdeen Maternity Hospital, Steven told us:"Our daughter Esme was born on the 28th April and was in the Neonatal Unit for a few days before graduating to the Special Care Baby Unit.

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