After infertility and IVF Treatment having premature babies was the hardest thing that I have had to deal with. We were one of the lucky couples, our twins were after an initial scare are healthy and doing well. When they were born at 30 weeks we were not sure if they would both survive.As they lay in the NICU it was hard to picture them ever coming home. 8 months later they are both perfectly healthy and you would never know they were premature babies.
You must remember that you are not the first and will not be the last person that will have to deal with preemies. I have compiled a list of the best premature baby blogs. These are parents that have gone through what you are going through. Hopefully, they will help you cope with the heartache and worry that comes with having a preemie or preemies. Here are the best preemie blogs:
Preemie Babies 101
Although this list has no particular order, Preemie Babies 101 had to be at the top. It is the most comprehensive blog for premature babies. I have been lucky enough to have been chosen as a contributor to the blog and I will be publishing articles for them soon.
In their own words ” – we want you to know that you are not alone. Join our supportive community and connect to parents who share similar experiences to your own, arm yourself with information to properly care for your child(ren) and your family, and find inspiration and hope when you need it most.”
The Smallest things
The Smallest Things was founded in 2014 by Catriona Ogilvy following the premature birth of both her sons. As an occupational therapist in the NHS, having spent time working on a large neonatal unit, Catriona thought she knew all about premature birth… that was before she had lived the reality of the neonatal intensive care unit as a mother and life beyond.
My Preemie Baby
Having a premature baby changed my life forever – After my anxious time spent in antenatal, traumatic birth and all the months of uncertainty and heartache in NICU, I knew I wanted to help others going through this difficult time. I hope that this site, not only helps you find what you are looking for but gives you support to know that others have been through similar situations. These products we have chosen, have all been carefully trailed and tested by mums of preemies and loved by your fellow preemies. All babies are miracles, but preemies are just that little more special.
NICU Healing is designed to help parents and families to feel empowered in loving, understanding, advocating, and caring for their infants. It seeks to help families find reprieve from the traumatic experiences they’ve had and to transform that trauma into powerful attachment with their child/children and solidarity as a family.
Dealing with premature babies is a very stressful situation and sometimes you can feel completely helpless. The staff in the NICU are always so pleasant and accommodating when you are there. The hardest thing to deal with is when you are at home and your child/children lay in hospital.
Reading through these blogs has made me realise how lucky I am that my children have come so far. I realise that not all parents are so lucky. It is important to understand that the technology in the NICU is state of the art and your babies are in the best possible hands. If all goes to plan you will look back on this time and count your lucky stars how far they have come.