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