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World Prematurity Day - Jack's story

17 Nov 2020 11:07:39
jack group pic

Little Jack Morris was born in January 2019, 9 weeks and 3 days early and taking his mum and dad by surprise!

After mum Chelsea went into spontaneous labour, Jack was whisked off to Rotherham Hospital’s Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) where the doctors and nurses set about caring for Jack and giving him a fighting start at life. 

Mum Chelsea tells us more: “I can’t praise the staff enough. From the midwives keeping me calm, doctors and nurses in delivery for caring for Jack until he met his super hero nurses on SCBU. Even the ward assistants gave me support when I needed it. I first saw Jack on my boyfriend’s phone around 10 minutes after he was born and then I got to see him in person around six hours later - I was petrified at first with all the machines and wires. I did feel scared for him and scared that I’d never get to be a ‘mum’ or at least a mum that got to take her baby home. 

“I was discharged and sent home when Jack was 2 days old. It was heartbreaking leaving the hospital with no baby and no bump but Sam and Lindsey on SCBU gave me more care and support then I think they know. They really did go above and beyond to make sure I was okay. By the end of my SCBU experience I felt like part of the furniture! I had good days and bad days, you just have to keep hope in your heart.

”Reflecting on the time when she was told that Jack could go home Chelsea said: “I think I cried for about 3 hours! Both happy and sad tears. Obviously I wanted him home but nothing prepared me for not having the wires to make sure he was still breathing! By the time we got him home it felt like he had never been away from us and we had amazing support from the neonatal outreach team and also the baby groups they had organised.”

Chelsea said: “Jack will be two in January and he is now a very mischievous little boy! Plenty of personality and cheeky smiles! My time spent on SCBU has changed me as a person, I will forever have a soft spot in my heart for all the staff. 

She added: “It is important that we celebrate world prematurity day to raise awareness. You don’t realise how common prematurity is until you experience it.”