5 beautiful books to read to a newborn and especially a preemie

5 beautiful books to read to a newborn and especially a preemie

One of the things we loved doing early on in Amy’s life was to read to her in NICU. Often just through the door of her incubator, I felt it was a nice way for Amy to get to know our voices and hopefully brought her some comfort. It really helped with the bonding process and seemed like a more ‘homely’ thing to do amidst the intensity of the intensive care environment.

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Our little sweetheart

Our little sweetheart

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In January 2015 our daughter Grace was born at 24 weeks gestation.

I was told I had PPROM (Preterm premature rupture of the membranes) – my waters started leaking and in turn I developed an infection. As we live in Cavan I was transferred to the Rotunda as they are better equipped to care for babies born before 30 weeks. Grace stayed with me for another 2 weeks when the worst happened- the cord prolapsed and Grace was gone taking a part of us with her. The delivery room was so quiet and still, Grace was tiny yet so perfect. We were devastated.

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The bittersweet of breastfeeding

The bittersweet of breastfeeding

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Last week marked World Breast Feeding Week when the internet was awash with lots of social buzz designed to raise awareness and change the perception of breastfeeding. There was plenty of inspiration as incredible women shared their stories, not to mention the many ‘brelfies’ with celebrities, including Alyssa Milano, getting involved.
While I look on with admiration at all the amazing women out there who successfully breastfeed, my own experiences have left me feeling somewhat bitter about the whole thing.

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How we made Amy a part of our family during her stay in hospital 

How we made Amy a part of our family during her stay in hospital 

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One of the most difficult dynamics of being in a Neo-natal environment is the very restrictive policy that, for infection control, only allows the baby’s parents to visit. So other than Gary & I, the only other person that saw Amy in the Rotunda hospital was our family priest who baptised her at 7 days old. It’s so unnatural to think that Amy spent all that time in hospital without meeting the rest of her family, and most especially her big sister; Isabelle (who was just 15 months the day she was born). Read more