Bliss Charity – Real Life Stories

When Babipur and Close came together to collaborate on a charity print, the charity Bliss was chosen after a member of the Close team gave birth to her baby daughter at just 29 weeks. Bliss provided amazing support at this difficult time, and work with many sick and premature babies and their families throughout the UK each year.

Our exclusive Superhero print is a collaboration with Babipur and the charity Bliss. Three pounds from every sale goes directly to Bliss who offer support to sick and premature babies and their families. Their goal is to ensure that sick babies have the best possible quality of life and that their families receive the advice and support they need.

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During the launch of the Superhero print we asked if there were any Babipurian parents who’s lives have been touched by Bliss; the response was both overwhelming and incredibly moving. A huge thank you to all the parents who responded, we have included the stories below from some of the parents happy to share their experiences – you are all Superheroes!

Awen’s story

To be honest I had never really come across the charity Bliss until my baby was born at the beginning of this year. I suppose I was naive, you often hear of Premature babies being born poorly and requiring medical intervention but often don’t think of the term babies that are born poorly. I made it over my due date (41+1) but didn’t think anything of it as I was booked in for an induction, when I went in a few days prior due to reduced movements my world was turned upside down, when hooked to the monitor my baby’s heart rate dropped. My little girl Ani was born via emergency c section under general anaesthetic. She was resuscitated at birth and was very poorly. 

During her first 24 hours it was unclear whether or not she would survive. She was transferred from Bangor to Glan Clwyd then on to neonatal intensive care at Arrowe Park. Ani suffered HIE (hypoxic ischaemic encephalopathy) and PPHN (persistent pulmonary hypertension in neonate/newborn). At the neonatal unit Ani was the only ‘term’ baby, they are often far and between. The neonatal consultants and nurses gave out Bliss packs with information about conditions, there are also things like milestone cards and a book to read as it is good for parents to read to baby. 

Ani spent 12 days ventilated and on the 12th day I finally got to hold my baby for the first time, it was the best feeling! Ani spent a month in hospital before finally being allowed home. Ani is my little miracle baby. Although it is still raw and sometimes hard to talk about I think it is so important to raise awareness of charities such as Bliss, they do amazing work supporting and providing information to parents. I would also like to thank you for raising awareness.

Bethany’s story

My name is Bethany, I am 23 years old and I have two children. Phoebe, 3 years old and Marcus, 10 months old.I wanted to share my story of relying on Bliss for my sanity and for my comfort in a time of great need.

I always thought Neonatal was for premature babies, never actually pondered on what happens to poorly babies and this is where our story starts.I was very poorly at 39+5, I was meant to have a homebirth and everything was set up ready. I couldn’t shake my fever after 3 days and asked for my midwife to attend to offer some advice. Once she took it she explained I had to attend the local maternity unit ASAP. 

Once I got there, within 10 minutes of being shown to an assessment room, they were trying to put a cannula into my arm. I was so upset and shocked, nothing had been communicated and they explained there were prepping me for an emergency C-Section due to being red alerted for Sepsis. I was allowed to labour for 4 hours and if nothing had progressed, then it would end in a section.I hadn’t progressed so I was admitted for a C-Section. Soon I woke up to a very hungry baby boy. 

After a few hours we were sent to the cesarian ward with all the other Mum’s and new babies. I was still really poorly and being tested hourly for different things. Trying to work out the cause of my high temperature. All was well for my son for 5 days, on the end of day 5 my sister noticed he was a little blue in the lips. I explained ‘it’s only trapped wind’ and she hesitated, but winded him for me. When she lay him down, she highlighted again that his breathing wasn’t right and she was concerned. I called the midwife, expecting her to agree with me that she was overreacting, but I was proven wrong. Marcus was taken to Neonatal to be ‘assessed’ and I was assured he’d be back up in the next two hours. However he didn’t return. He was then admitted for four weeks. He withstood Meningitis, Sepsis, blood transfusions, 5 different types of antibiotics – one after the other each day. Forever hooked to a cannula. 

Trying to juggle a 3 year old and a newborn, trying to stretch myself to express milk and to make sure my daughter felt loved – was one of the hardest experiences in my life. If it wasn’t for Bliss, I’d have probably lost my mind. They offered me counselling, love and support. They reminded that I was doing the best and that my anxieties were just anxieties. Nothing more than overthinking from the hours I just sat, watching my son wake up for a feed. I am very thankful, my son who is too young to know what his feet are – will one day also be very thankful for Bliss keeping me sane, to carry on fighting for him. I am also ever so grateful for Countess of Chester Neonatal and Arrowe Park Neonatal for allowing my son to come away, unscathed from all the challenges he faced in August 2018. Thank you Babi Pur for allowing me to share our story

Joanne’s story

My twins were born at 26 weeks. One of the first things I did that night was to google survival rates for 26 weekers. 80% survival rate – which may sound ok but when it is your babies, it is terrifying -20% is a huge margin, and someone has to fall into it.

Jude at 3 days old – thank you Joanne for the image

Sadly, we did as we lost our baby daughter Rosie on day 3 of life. I felt so lost and like I was the only person this was happening to. Twins belong together and I had no clue how to feel now I only had one, and he was very sick and we faced the very real possibility of losing him too.

I began to search success stories and stumbled across Bliss and their stories written and shared by other parents who had been through similar. I just needed to find people who had lost one of their twins, and who had taken home 26 weekers. Through the sharing of stories you realise you aren’t alone, that other people have come through it and survived, both with and without their babies.

Jude at 5 days old – thank you Joanne for the image

All the things that you are suddenly faced with in NICU – ROP, NEC, brain bleeds, all the various breathing apparatus – it’s all so alien. I didn’t even know about nec (Necrotising enterocolitis) and yet it is a huge killer of premature babies. All of these things which hit you in the face one after another, you learn other people have faced too through resources such as Bliss which offers clear explanations and real life stories. I wouldn’t wish prematurity on anyone, but have vowed to always share my little twin’s story so that other people can take comfort and hope from our experiences.

Jude at 13 days old – thank you Joanne for the image

Jude is now 3 and doing absolutely amazingly well. We miss Rosie in everything we do, but I feel so grateful that Jude was able to stay; he means the whole world to me. He is also the reason I found Babipur, as I couldn’t stand gendered clothing once we had lost Rosie, and also because after such a horrendous start to life and then coming home on oxygen, I wanted to dress him in bright clothes and celebrate him. His bright outfits became the first thing people noticed instead of his tubes, and are now definitely a part of him.

Laura’s story

Having a premature baby turns your world upside down. Having had a baby at term a few years previously, it never entered my mind when I was next pregnant that I may give birth prematurely. 

As a bit of background, after a pretty rough birth with my first (emergency section), I’d been reassuring my husband that the birth would be better this time as I’d either have an elective section or if we tried for a natural birth that they’d intervene sooner if need be so things would be less of a rush if I did end up needing a section. How different things turned out. 

We moved house on Friday the 8th and I thought I’d perhaps overdone it with the stress of the move so I was getting braxton hicks. Two days later we were out having lunch for my husband’s birthday and I realised that they were happening regularly and close together so thought I should get checked out. My husband questioned if I was in labour but I was only 28 weeks pregnant and I honestly did not believe for one moment that this was labour. You never think premature babies will happen to you, especially when there are no warning signs during pregnancy. 

When we got to the hospital at about 3pm, I was told I was in labour and the local hospital doesn’t usually deliver 28 week babies but the labour was already too far along and too risky to transfer me. Being told my baby was coming that day when I had a whole 3 months left of my pregnancy was hard to comprehend. Unfortunately I needed a crash section due to my uterus fully rupturing and losing my baby’s heartbeat. Thankfully the amazing doctors and nurses at the hospital saved us both and took outstanding care of us until we were transferred to another hospital.

Arlo – thank you Laura for the image

It was a lot to process after the birth that we had a baby, that he was so so tiny but that he was fighting. It didn’t feel real. We went to see him before he was transferred but were scared to touch him for fear of hurting him. I had to wait another day for a transfer myself to the same hospital. 

When we went up to see him there, it was like walking into another world. Everything was new to us and pretty scary and we felt so helpless. There was not much we could do for our tiny son and we felt awkward and self conscious just staring into the incubator at first. I set my mind to trying to express as much milk as I could and that was my way of helping him.

Meeting Arlo for the first time – thank you Laura for the image

In addition to this, we had a 3 year old son at home, over 2 hours away from the hospital. He was upset that his mummy had just disappeared and not come back. Due to the nicu policy, he couldn’t meet his baby brother until we were transferred to a hospital slightly closer to home where the SCBU allowed siblings of any age to visit. It made it harder to explain it to him when he just has to take our word for it that he had a baby brother. He was so good with it all. It was still 1.5 hours from home so I stayed in hospital accommodation all the time our baby son was in hospital, which I was very grateful for but I felt torn between my children and I missed my older son growing up.

It was a daily roller-coaster of emotions. A daily roller-coaster of our baby’s condition. I was surrounded by amazing and (and with only 1 exception) friendly medical staff but it still felt so lonely. My husband couldn’t visit often as he was at home looking after our older son and being his rock. I learnt so much about premature babies, medical terminology and what all the machines meant and when the alarms went off if it meant anything bad and waiting for the numbers to pick back up by themselves and knowing what to do if they didn’t. 

We were encouraged to help care for our babies and as they became bigger and stronger and had less breathing support, we could start picking our own baby out of their cot for a cuddle without having to ask for permission and for help from a nurse. Such a special time when you could have cuddles with your baby as and when you wanted found it very hard going outside the hospital and seeing a pregnant woman or a newborn baby. I wanted a badge to tell everyone that I was a new mum, I wanted to shout that I had a tiny baby and I wanted everything to be normal. I grieved for the loss of 3 months of pregnancy, I had loved being pregnant and knew I could never be pregnant again, I wanted to be able to show my baby off to the world. I also felt so lucky to have a baby who was alive and fighting, who I felt sure that one day I’d be able to take home, however far in the future that may be. Then I’d feel guilty for feeling jealous of other heavily pregnant women and I should be more grateful that my baby was alive. 

Arlo now – thank you Laura for the image

9.5 weeks after Arlo was born, the day we’d dreamt of arrived and we got to take him home (delayed slightly by a couple of hours’ wait for a parking space in the hospital car park!!) . We’d managed to get breastfeeding established and he’d managed to ditch any form of oxygen or breathing support. The hospital’s outreach team supported us once home and our health visitor was happy to ask for advice from the neonatal team so that everyone was on the same wavelength. Arlo is now doing fantastically. He may not be walking independently yet or talking much but as with everything else in his life, he’ll get there in his own time.

Rose’s story

My pregnancy was pretty straight forward in the beginning, that was until we reached 23 weeks. I went into the hospital as I could tell things weren’t right. There I was told by the doctor “I’m sorry your waters have gone, you’re most likely to labour now and your baby won’t survive”. I was numb with shock, how could this be happening, my baby boy wasn’t due until October and it was June at this point.

The next few days were a blur as I had an infection and the advice was to induce labour and hold my baby if he was born alive. I knew his chances of survival were not great so I continued with the pregnancy. Unfortunately things got a lot worse, I was on bedrest but only managed 3 days at home after lots of heavy bleeds, at 27 + 5 I got very sick as I had contracted sepsis.

My son was born via emergency c-section under general anaesthetic. I didn’t meet him for another 14 hours. He was so tiny but perfect, 10 days later I held my baby boy for the first time and that’s when he really felt like mine, all the machines beeping and wires everywhere but all felt calm when he was placed on my chest.

Rose and her son in hospital – thank you for the image, Rose.

I focused my attention on expressing milk, I felt pretty helpless so this made me feel a lot better knowing I could do something for him. I did this every 2 hours day and night to begin with. The NICU journey is a huge scary rolla coaster, at times it felt like 2 steps forward and 10 steps back, but my boy was strong. He came home at just over 10 weeks old on home oxygen.

Of course our journey didn’t end there and is still continuing a year on. We had three appointments a week at one point which at times felt exhausting, I just wanted to shut the world out and spend time with my boy, all that time missed when he was born.

All that seems like a lifetime ago now, I’d dreamt of holding my boy whenever I’d wish and here we were soaking up all the cuddles. I am so thankful for my boy and the amazing NICU team who saved his life, he is one years old now, happy and thriving.

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Thank you Rose for this beautiful picture

Sionna’s story

I was admitted to hospital after my 30 week scan due to high blood pressure, and proteins, they thought they had controlled it with medication but my proteins continued to rise over the week. Before I knew it I was being transferred to another hospital (our local hospital doesn’t take women before 37 weeks this is Bronglais Aberystwyth) 2 1/2 hours away the Royal Gwent in Newport. Fast forward to 32 weeks and 6 days our daughter was born on the 13th April 2018 via c-section semi emergency at 10.48 am weighing 3lb 7oz. 

Sionna’s baby supported by Bliss
Sionna’s daughter born at 32 weeks + 6 days – thank you Sionna’s for the image

We had a couple of scares to start with thinking there were complications with her stomach however she was strong enough to over come these problems herself. On the 24th April we were transferred to a hospital closer to home (Glangwili Carmarthen still 1-1 1/2 away) but it meant we were one step closer to home. All that was left was for our baby girl to do was learn to feed. On the 5th may 2018 we were allowed home. We couldn’t believe it our tiny baby born 3lb 7oz was going home at 4lb 4oz. 

I found the bliss website very useful during and after our stay in Nicu and appreciate all the work they have done and are doing to help parents of sick or premature babies.

Sionna’s daughter now – thank you Sionna’s for the image

We are so grateful to our wonderful Babipurian parents for sharing their stories with us.

You can find further information on the amazing work of Bliss Charity and make a donation directly > HERE <

Or shop our Close Parent Bliss print nappies and accessories – £3 of every sale goes directly to Bliss > HERE <

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157 Responses

  1. Vic says:

    Such a fab charity

  2. Tina Hodgson says:

    Wow! So amazing to read all these stories, great work that bliss do too!

  3. Michelle says:

    My daughter was born at 27 weeks in 2016. We first heard of Bliss during our 6 month stay in NICU. These stories really resonate with me. Bliss is so close to our hearts and this collaboration is just perfect! X

  4. Tatyana Keary says:

    My twins were born 27+1, after battling stage 3 twin to twin transfusion syndrome. It brings me to tears reading these stories. 5 1/2 months later, with 3 months spent in 6 different hospitals. Bliss was one constant that touched all the units we were in. And I’m so happy to have a superhero nappy that my strong boys now wear! Thanks Bliss, Close, Peepul and Babipur for their superhero’s!

  5. Rebecca Wintle says:

    Amazing stories. Working in neonatal itu I get the privilege of working with these families to help their baby go home

  6. Louise Gravelle says:

    Wow check out so these wonderful little warriors and their families. My little warrior twins put in an early appearance at 30 weeks. 7 weeks in NICU and 16 months on and they are thriving, happy and healthy. We would never be enough words of gratitude for the NICU team that saved their lives.

  7. Lisa walsh says:

    Amazing post. I have my own NICU miracle hydrops survivor. Just amazing x

  8. Sarah says:

    Such amazing stories of little fighters ❤

  9. Stacey says:

    Oh my goodness. Such heartbreaking and heartwarming stories at once.
    My daughter’s best friend celebrated her Baby brother’s 1st birthday just a few weeks ago. He was 10 weeks early, and has been plagued by health problems ever since. But he’s a wee fighter and the family have been well supported. I’m grateful there are charities like Bliss to help those who maybe don’t have that same family support.

  10. Hayley says:

    Fantastic charity my 1st was a preemie and we spent time in NICU I had dealt with bliss while working as a childrens nurse little did I know how important they would be on my journey into motherhood x

  11. Delphine Dallison says:

    A very moving blog post. I’ve been reading it with my son sleeping on my chest and it’s reminded me how incredibly lucky we were that he was born strong and healthy.

  12. Poppy says:

    What an amazing charity, thank you for sharing these stories and raising awareness. Wonderful work.

  13. Sionna says:

    Thank you for sharing our story and raising awareness for such a great charity! We are forever greatful to all the staff involved with the care of our daughter!

  14. Lauren McCambridge says:

    What amazing and touching stories! My little girl was born at 41 weeks and thankfully was healthy! But it’s reassuring to know that bliss is there to help babies and mamas in need ❤️

  15. Amber Hoadley says:

    Oh these stories are incredibly moving, such strong parents and babies ♥️ What a wonderful charity.

  16. Delyth says:

    Such heartfelt stories, made me cry reading them, much love to all xx

  17. Emma Bedingham says:

    What a wonderful charity supporting very strong parents and babies through what most be the most horrifying time. Keep working to help little one keep fighting

  18. Alice Williams says:

    What an amazing charity xx

  19. Timea Kiss says:

    very emotional post, we are lucky to have charities like Bliss

  20. Bex says:

    Fab charity and such strong parents! 🙂

  21. Becci lamyman says:

    Amazing stories and an amazing charity ❤️

  22. Steph says:

    O my goodness these stories make me weep but thank goodness for charities like bliss that support parents at such a difficult time. Thank you Bliss

  23. Lara says:

    What a wonderful charity helping people at such an awful time

  24. Jessica McGuinness says:

    Thank you for sharing your stories to raise awareness. 💜

  25. Lauren Stretton says:

    Beautiful stories. I have friends who recently brought their son home from NICU. When I went to visit I was overwhelmed with the amount of love and support given by everyone involved in his care.

  26. Mae says:

    Got teary-eyed while reading the stories. Thankful for Bliss for being there for the mothers and babies…

  27. Linsey mercer says:

    So lovely to hear these stories with their happy endings

  28. Abi Nettleship says:

    Such moving stories of tiny miracles ❣️

  29. Caroline says:

    What a fantastic charity <3

  30. Bex says:

    Such emotional reads. Such amazing, important charity. Xx

  31. Rhian Innerd says:

    Wonderful stories that brought back some difficult memories. Both of my children were born at 32 weeks gestation and my husband and I received lots of support from Bliss. They are a wonderful charity who provide so much information and support at a time no parent is prepared for.

  32. Lorraine says:

    An amazing Charity helping many. My son was ill when born and needed oxygen and medication. Thankfully our stay was only a week and he’s now a very healthy, superhero, vehicle and monster obsessed 3 year old.

  33. Emma says:

    Crying at the stories but so inspirational to all the little fighters and their parents who are utter warriors. Keep fighting on and well done bliss too

  34. Alice Osborne says:

    What incredible stories!

  35. Bhavini says:

    Wow this was such a emotional reader. Bringing a new life into the world is tough enough when things go as you would expect. These mamas babes and their families have shown such great strength. Bliss do such valuable work.

  36. Erin Sherry says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your stories, what amazing and strong little people.

  37. Jacqueline says:

    Such an amazing charity!

  38. Ali R says:

    Such powerful and emotional stories. Charities like BLISS offer fantastic support for those who need it. Keep up your amazing work.

  39. Sarah says:

    Such heartwarming stories; what a great job Bliss do

  40. Rosemary tell says:

    What a fabulous charity!

  41. Alison Waters says:

    What a privilege to hear all your stories ladies. Sending love and strength to you all xxxx

  42. Francesca says:

    It’s a relief knowing there are amazing charities like Bliss that are there for families when they need them. Keep up the good work

  43. Sarah says:

    I find these stories so difficult to read. I’ve not been through these experiences myself but it is truly touching and I am so grateful that there are charities out there to support those that have.

  44. Rosie says:

    Such emotional stories. Thankyou to all the Mummies for sharing & raising awareness of the wonderful work the charity does

  45. rosalind says:

    My first daughter was born at 34 weeks after I developed sepsis she survived nec and is now a happy healthy 26.5 year old .I wish bliss had been around when she was born

  46. Jodie says:

    I had my baby premature miles from home and its so scary. If it wasn’t for charities supporting poorly babies and thier parents a lot would be in a tragic state! Keep doing what your doing x x x

  47. Tracey Rowlands says:

    These stories are so heartbreaking to read. Thank you all for sharing. Well done for supporting such an amazing charity!

  48. Cat says:

    My middle son was born poorly, I’d never heard of Bliss until our (thankfully short) stay on the neonatal unit, but I remember reading through leaflets and information provided during the long nights sat beside his crib.
    A fantastic charity providing invaluable support at a difficult time

  49. Louise Keenan says:

    Amazing stories 💖

  50. Judy says:

    Amazing stories. It’s great to hear about how much Bliss help these parents in their time of need.

  51. Caroline Moulins says:

    It’s so inspiring, and great to know we can access support in times of need!

  52. Ines Ribeiro says:

    Little warriors become big in life!
    Thank you for sharing your lovely stories, so inspiring 🙂

  53. Karis says:

    Well done to all the brave parents and thank you for sharing. What wonderful work you do bliss.x

  54. Rayna So says:

    Such Amazing stories! It’s great to know there’s a wonderful charity out there supporting families at such scary and vulnerable times.

  55. Jo says:

    Amazing stories. Incredible little fighters. What a wonderful charity.

  56. Courtney says:

    Very emotional read but what an amazing charity!

  57. Jody McNamee says:

    Touching stories, what a lovely charity.

  58. Jenny says:

    What beautiful stories..thank you for sharing X

  59. Chloe Jones says:

    What amazing stories! Is such an amazing charity.

  60. Beth R says:

    Absolutely amazing fighters. These stories have made me emotional and makes you remember how wonderful the NHS and the Bliss are . We didn’t spend any time in a NICU but we spent a few weeks in a PICU when he was 10 weeks old so I think these parents and children here have been so brave. And how fantastic it is that we have Bliss here to provide invaluable support to these families

  61. Karen says:

    Incredible stories 💙💙

  62. Bunilla says:

    Amazing reading all these stories. What a wonderful charity, for those strong little ones.

  63. Rachel says:

    Amazing and touching stories. So grateful we have such amazing charities to help people in their moments of need.

  64. Becki Johnson says:

    I’ll be forever thankful to bliss, for personal reasons. Thank you for being awesome and thank you to everybody who’s shared a story x

  65. Vikki says:

    My absolutely favourite print. And I take pleasure in telling people about Bliss when they comment on our playmat. So very close to my heart and a fantastic cause. Well done! The peg dolls are stunning too.

  66. Rachel says:

    Wow – amazing stories of such strong families! Thank you Bliss for being there to support them x

  67. Claire Cleaver-Jones says:

    What strong inspiring families. Thank you Bliss for your work x

  68. Susan says:

    What little fighters! An amazing charity.

  69. Lisa says:

    Amazing charity. Thanks for sharing!

  70. Vicky hart says:

    Oh my goodness these stories. Incredible.
    Joanne’s story really moved me.

  71. Vikki says:

    My son was in NICU for 5 days and that was awful. I can’t imagine what it like for the parents of babies who have to stay a lot longer 💔

  72. Charis says:

    These stories are inspirational. My friends had a prem baby 4 days ago so good too read these positive stories

  73. Pippa Lee says:

    Totally moved reading about these little heroes, their families and the incredible work that Bliss does.

    Superheroes don’t need super powers or a sparkly cape. Just to represent courage, hope, light, and strength.

  74. Rebecca Walsh says:

    I was almost in tears reading this- these women went through some incredibly difficult times. Wishing them and their babies all the best.

  75. Emma says:

    An emotional read.
    My second is now 4 months old, and was born 6 weeks early after a very eventful pregnancy. It never occurred to me that he would be early after my first was over a week late! The 2 week stay in the NICU was one if the hardest things I’ve ever done; I felt completely torn between my two boys. Getting home and being all together was the best feeling ever.

  76. Sine says:

    These are beautiful stories, it’s great that bliss are out there

  77. Angela says:

    Wow, a truly amazing charity and thank you to the mums for sharing their stories. A great awareness initiative by Babipur and Close.

  78. Donna B says:

    My heart goes out to each and everyone of these parents! So grateful such awesome charities exist to provide much needed support xx

  79. Rachael says:

    Amazing stories and an amazing charity!

  80. Claire Jordan says:

    Having just had my own little bundle of joy I can fully appreciate how critical having good support networks are! Where would we be without amazing charities like bliss!

  81. Vicky Horsey says:

    Amazing stories, what beautiful children you all have! It’s lovely to see how far they’ve come.

  82. Alexandra Metcalfe says:

    Where do these parents find the strength? In absolute awe.
    And the Superhero print is gorgeous x

  83. Emma Watkins says:

    Both of my son’s were born at 34 weeks and spent time on NICU. We were so lucky to have incredible care which got them home relatively quickly but your life is never quite the same after going through that. Bliss is such an important charity & it’s great to see campaigns like these raising awareness. Thank you to those that have shared their stories x

  84. Nikki says:

    The strength needed and shown by these parents, by Bliss staff to support them and these superhero babies themselves at times of such vulnerability and uncertainty is incredible. Thank you for sharing your experiences

  85. Kate Holbrook says:

    Such amazing stories. Both heart breaking and amazing to read. Thank you to everyone for sharing.

  86. Emma says:

    Amazing charity

  87. Amanda says:

    What an amazing charity! Thanks to all for sharing your stories

  88. Suzanne Wallace says:

    Brings back memories of my Brice when she was born at 29 weeks, now a healthy 7yr old.

  89. Amanda says:

    What an amazing charity! Thanks to all for sharing your stories – beautiful children

  90. Katie Gulliver says:

    My daughter was born at 28 weeks and it brought back a lot of memories reading these stories. She’s now 3 and doing amazingly well, you’d never know about her difficult start. She’s such a character and we often talk about her “preemie determination”. Bliss is such an important charity and will remain close to my heart always.

  91. Nina Ffitch says:

    Bliss is such an amazing charity, one that’s very close to our families hearts.

  92. Layla A says:

    Truly inspiring. Thank you bliss for making these stories possible.

  93. Melissa says:

    Wow, what an amazing read and inspiring families. Good work Bliss supporting them. My daughter spent four days in the SCBU but it was nothing compared to what these families went through.

  94. Joanna Barrington says:

    This really opened my eyes. What wonderful work Bliss does.

  95. Gizem says:

    Amazing stories. Sending hugs to all the babies and parents helped out by Bliss, great charity!

  96. Rebecca says:

    I struggled to read some of those stories so I can only imagine what it’s like to be living in those stories day to day.

  97. Beka Parker says:

    Thank you for sharing with us. What a wonderful charity and such amazing little fighters

  98. Charlotte says:

    Wow. An amazing charity. What amazing mamas & babes. Thank you for sharing your stories xx

  99. Viki says:

    What amazing stories and an amazing charity Bliss are.

  100. Nicki says:

    What amazing babies and families. A wonderful charity!

  101. Kayleigh says:

    Oh wow – all of these stories really bring it back for me. My little boy was born at 23 weeks weighing only 580g.
    These little babies are so resilient, as are us awesome parents. You don’t know how strong you need to be until life throws you a curve ball like this.
    Bliss are brilliant – we had lots of support in terms of information (even now, when my little guys is 4 they helped us defer his school place!) and out hospital ward had a Bliss volunteer to make a cuppa with you and chat.
    We’ve taken part in research for them, and will continue to do so and to support Bliss as much as we can.
    Well done Close and Babipur for bringing this charity to the attention of such a wide range of parents, with the added bonus of early/poorly baby awareness.

  102. Jenny says:

    Such a brilliant charity. My son was born at 29 weeks.
    When he came home we went to a Bliss baby group it gave me a chance to be with other parents who wouldn’t say the usual things and would bring any fit of illness to the group.

  103. Sarah says:

    Such a amazing charity. Thank you for sharing x

  104. Rebekah Carton says:

    Great charity ive had the privilege of working beside. Always professional

  105. Nicola Thomerson says:

    Such a wonderful charity and what brave mamas for sharing their stories

  106. Rosie Watkins says:

    What an amazing charity, such invaluable support

  107. Helen Allan says:

    Wow, thank goodness for charities like Bliss to be there for families. Thank you to the families for sharing such personal moments to help us understand. Xx

  108. Jane Stone says:

    Amazing stories, my youngest was born not breathing at 41 told so spent the first 36 a of his life in nicu it is the most scary place in the world you don’t know what you can and can’t do and having already had 2 children who didn’t go there it all felt so alien. The bliss collection looks fantastic

  109. Hannah says:

    Amazing stories! Such beautiful babies and brave parents! My daughter was also premature and we had a difficult extended neonatal stay. The information Bliss provided was so helpful.

  110. Amy says:

    What beautiful babies & amazing stories. Charities like bliss can make such a difference

  111. Ellie says:

    What amazing stories of such little fighters! Working in emergency obstetric theatres and being with the parents when there little one is taken to the NNU it’s amazing to know they have so much support once they leave theatre!

  112. Laura says:

    I can’t even begin to imagine how you all felt. What a lovely charity, thankyou for raising awareness.

  113. Emily says:

    Such inspiring and brave stories, well done to the brave families for spreading awareness and telling their difficult experiences. An amazing charity supporting those at their most difficult time, thank you.

  114. Camilla Thoresen says:

    What wonderful work Bliss does, and NICU staff everywhere <3

  115. Sasha says:

    Such an emotional read, but inspirational stories! What a fab charity too❤️

  116. Karen says:

    Such incredible work and deautiful little fighters x

  117. Siân says:

    Thank you to all of the families for sharing their stories. What amazing work Bliss do x

  118. Carol says:

    So sad to read all these poorly babies stories, some who made it and some who didn’t, my heart goes out to you all.
    My step daughter was prem born at just 1lb 1 oz she survived and is now a happy healthy 22 year old.
    These tiny babies are amazing and strong along with their parents x

  119. Hannah says:

    Great

  120. Emily Ryan-Jones says:

    Each story made me cry, mostly with admiration for the bravery and strength shown by each of the tiny humans, but also their families. I can’t imagine what each family went through, and how strong they needed to be in a time that they felt their weakest. This charity sounds just amazing, how fantastically rewarding to be able to help people at such a difficult time.
    Huge respect to all.

  121. Andie says:

    Beautiful babies and what wonderful work this charity does ❤️❤️❤️

  122. Bryony J says:

    Bliss is just the most amazing charity and the perfect fit work together to create this amazing print! So many lives have been touched and saved! And all these stories and ones I know of personally show what a fantastic support they are! It’s incredible!

  123. Penny says:

    Amazing stories, we’re a preemie family too and I will be ever grateful to NICU and Bliss for the help, support and information that got us through those early days, weeks and months

  124. Kayla says:

    Amazing charity giving these tiny babies a chance at life..!
    And supporting the parents in what I can only imagine is the most difficult time of your life..!

    Thank you some beautiful stories x

  125. Amber Dyer says:

    It’s scary enough becomes parent let alone facing what some of these amazing families have had to work through. Thank goodness for charities like Bliss and other support groups for those who need it. What courage and love. Thank you.

  126. Nikki-leigh says:

    I’d never heard of bliss until I discovered Babi pur, and my full term baby was in hospital for 8 weeks. I wished I’d had this kind of support.

  127. Zoe Gutteridge says:

    Thankyou for sharing all your stories, it’s great to know there is such a fantastic organisation like bliss out there.

  128. Joy says:

    My first son was born at 31 weeks i was 18 at the time and also had meningits while being pregnant with him, such a horrible scary time,
    The support of bliss would of be amazing thr storys have touched my heart what amazing mams an babies x

  129. Elizabeth Killin says:

    What an amazing charity! And such brave families for sharing their experiences.

  130. Natasha says:

    I can’t imagine how I’d cope in this situation. My cousins little boy was born extremely premature via emergency caesarian due to preeclampsia and even now I can’t believe how incredibly strong she was. Thankfully her boy has come on in leaps and bounds since 🙂

  131. Becca Lees says:

    Thank you for sharing your stories, what strong mamas you all are! So thankful charities like Bliss exist to help when they can. So sad especially to hear of little Rosie 🙁

  132. Laura Jones says:

    I have been so lucky to have a little girl born healthy at full-term, but this article definitely made me shed a tear or two as I can only imagine how difficult some of these journeys were for the parents at the time. I supported my sister on her journey with her 30-weeker who spent a few weeks in a NICU, making a 2 hour round trip everyday to be with her baby. I know she was really grateful for Bliss and the support they offered. When we chose a close pop-in playmat, there was only really one option, to support this amazing charity ❤️ I’m hoping to buy the nappy too as my sister is due her third baby in January, and it would be just perfect as his first nappy.

  133. Elaina Tumilty says:

    Fab stories. My little ones were all premature too so very close to home.
    Such an amazing charity!

  134. I had tears in my eyes reading these amazing stories – this charity does a wonderful job at a very scary time in families’s life

  135. Hannah Lewis-Bill says:

    These are such incredibly moving stories that make you realise what amazing and important work Bliss do and the phenomenal milestones met by the parents and babies.

  136. Amy Brockett says:

    Wonderful to hear about these gorgeous little babies doing well. Such an important cause. 💖

  137. Maaike says:

    My nephew and niece (different parents) were born at 30 weeks. So small, 1,5kg. In the Netherlands there are also charities like Bliss. But Bliss sounds like a wonderful charity to me. And the stories made my eyes water.. currently pregnant with twins, so well aware that they have a hijger chance to be born premature..

  138. Rachel Nowell says:

    Wow amazing stories and such strength shown by all the families. Thanks for sharing your stories and for making me aware of the amazing work Bliss does.

  139. Claudia says:

    Super amazing babies and emotional stories. I am so so grateful for the wonderful people and charities that support everyone through these horrific experiences. Thank you to all the parents for sharing and to Babipur for publicising this and supporting Bliss which is just such an important and life changing charity.

  140. Melanie says:

    Amazing! Beautiful print for such heart warming stories.

  141. Sarah says:

    Beautiful stories, a very worthwhile charity 💜

  142. Maria says:

    Well I’ve just sobbed my way through all these incredible stories. What an amazing job Bliss do supporting families and their precious babies. I wish I could have had access to such fab support when my first labour & birth went so terribly wrong and my little first born son went to SCBU and I was in high dependency. I can only imagine the difference it would have made.

  143. Rosie says:

    What beautiful, sad, poignant stories. Sending love to all the brave Mums who shared their stories and to everyone else touched by premature birth and poorly babies.

  144. Hannah says:

    I wish I’d had some support from Bliss during our time in the NICU but the hospital were amazing. Such a great cause that touches so many people.

  145. Kirsty Carruthers-watt says:

    What an amazing charity. And thank you for sharing your stories. Xx

  146. Meera Newey says:

    Working with children and parents who have come through the other side is such a privilege for me. It shows how precious life is.
    Well done for publicising this amazing charity.

  147. Hannah Horsewell says:

    What amazingly strong little people and families. Thank you for sharing your stories with us

  148. Charlene codd says:

    What an amazing charity and such amazing stories all beautiful babies x

  149. Lucy says:

    Bliss are a wonderful charity! It was a very emotional read. Thank you Babipur for bringing it to more people’s attention. ❤️

  150. Jill says:

    What emotive stories and what a fantastic charity X

  151. Kate says:

    Some amazing stories! Such strong babies and families.

  152. Lizzie Bone says:

    My little one was born at 34w exactly after placental abruption (basically the same horror story at the end of ‘this is going to hurt’ by Adam Kay, except we were so so lucky that we got to take our baby home). He did amazingly well but even now (4.5 years later) I still feel incredibly upset about it, and have to not dwell on it much. I wish I’d known about Bliss beforehand as I didn’t know where to turn. Well done for raising awareness of a fabulous charity.

  153. Uanfind says:

    What an amazing charity. Thank you to all the families sharing their stories- very heartwarming.

  154. Louise says:

    Such a fab charity and such important work.

  155. Sarah A says:

    Wow, really emotional reading everyone’s stories. I’d never heard of Bliss before now, but so glad they were there to help these families. Keep up the amazing work!

  156. Sally says:

    Incredible stories. Thank you for sharing, it’s very humbling.

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