This World Prematurity Day we are raising awareness of premature births and the devastating impact it can often have on families.

Around 8 out of 100 babies will be born prematurely, and it can have a huge impact on the health the baby.

Taken from the Neonatal and Premature Birth charity Bliss, here is Liz’s story:

‘I find World Prematurity Day incredibly overwhelming as it always brings back such a wave of conflicting emotions. My story began in 2019, I was 34-weeks pregnant and things had been hard. Our time on SCBU was plagued with jaundice, difficulty establishing feeding, weight loss and constant oxygen desaturations. I now know many of these things are so normal for neonates, but every step back after a step forward broke my heart. My saving grace through it all was the outstanding care from the neonatal team who supported me, as well as my baby, to make choices that worked for us all.’

To find out more about premature births, and to find support visit https://www.bliss.org.uk/support-bliss/world-prematurity-day/what-is-world-prematurity-day

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