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No, Thank You – From a NICU Nurse

*Trigger Warning - Discusses Neonatal Death* To the parents of the baby who passed away, As a NICU nurse, I have cared for the family and their beloved baby on the day they have passed away so many times.

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Baby Articles

Life After Losing a Baby (Trigger Warning)

Recently I went and placed a single white rose on the grave of my daughter Melissa, she would have been 32 years old if she had lived. Melissa was born at 3 o’clock in the afternoon, 4th October 1982. She was delivered by cesarean and weighed only 5lb 3 oz (2.353 kilos) due to placenta failure. She was also born with multiple heart abnormalities and only lived for 13 days.

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Parenting Articles

The Most Bittersweet Day Of The Year

Mother’s Day. For many, a day of sleep-ins, breakfast in bed, new slippers and handmade cards. For some, it also serves as a reminder of one of the most significant losses we can experience. For me, it is both of these things. My mother passed away on May 28th, 2008, the day after her 54th birthday and a couple of weeks after Mother’s Day. I don’t want to relive her illness and passing here, as almost 6 years on it is too raw a wound to re-examine. I guess what I am doing is talking about why it’s such a hard day, when your own mum isn’t here to celebrate.

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