To celebrate turning 40 early this year I wanted to do something special and knowing that the kids wouldn’t fancy climbing Kilamanjaro I set about thinking what I could do to raise awareness for all of the wondering charities and services we have locally plus doing a few good deeds along the way too.
I recently went on my first '40 for 40' and met the lovely Bliss Champions Sarah and Vicky at Poole Maternity Neonatal Unit. I was introduced to the some of the staff and most importantly the very welcoming Matron who kindly joined us for a picture.
Both of the Bliss Champions I met can completely understand how the parents feel as their baby boy’s spent time on the ward and through this they can fully empathise with what the parents are going through.
Sarah very kindly showed me around and I was desperate to meet some of the special babies. My feelings changed a little from excitement to sadness when I was taken through to the intensive care unit and walked by what I thought was an empty incubator to look over again and see the tiniest little head poking out from a blanket. I was lucky enough to have 2 healthy sized bubbas and before I knew it I felt tears spring to my eyes and forced myself to choke them back so no one would see me cry. From there, armed with lots of booklets and leaflets Sarah took me to meet some of the Mums on the ward and we had a lovely chat with those whose babies needed special care for all sorts of different reasons. One of them had given birth to gorgeous twin baby girls in October and their due date wasn’t even until the 22nd of January!
Sarah talked to the Mums and offered information and Bliss booklets on all sorts of subjects including nutritional needs of premature babies, practical help, skin to skin contact, travelling home, bereavement and finance. Obviously no Mum expects to give birth early and therefore tiny clothing will be something that’s urgently needed. ‘Pop and Grow’ is a registered charity who support premature and sick babies whilst in neonatal care and parents can email them with their details and a free pack based on the babies weight which includes a sleepsuit, vest and hat will be sent straight to the ward within a few days.
I’m so pleased this was my first ’40 for 40’. Everyone I spoke to was incredibly friendly and it was lovely to have an insight into what they do. The Poole Nicu facebook page is worth visiting for local news and updates. On special occasions throughout the year they appeal for items for the parents who are on the ward day after day with their babies and the little treats they receive really do brighten up their day.
Thanks again to Sarah who to took the time to show me around, it was a morning I won’t forget. Big well done to all the volunteers who give up their time to chat to the Mums and hand out leaflets about local services and information and a huge thank you to all of the wonderful staff at the hospital who truly care about each and every tiny little person who comes through their door.
Bliss is a charity for babies born premature or sick. For anyone who would like to learn more about what Bliss do please visit the Website.
#1 of 40!
Note to self, don’t make sugary treats in January when everyone is on a diet! Fingers crossed my homemade almond macaroons were enjoyed by someone who doesn’t care. x