Harrison Gannon has not long since
celebrated his first birthday. He was born at 31 weeks gestation and has made
amazing progress after spending the first two months of life in special care.
Natalie shares her story: “We had no signs that Harrison might come early. I
had been feeling extremely poorly and woke up in the night having regular
frequent contractions. I was in a lot of pain, struggling to take information in.
I was worried but my mind was more focused about making sure he was ok during
labour and delivery.
first saw Harrison around 1.5 hours after delivery. It was very emotional. It
felt surreal. I didn’t feel like I was a “proper” mum to him. He looked
absolutely beautiful though. Our friends and family were in awe of him after
getting over the initial shock and worry!”
soon returned home to care for Harrison’s big brother and sister but daily
visits and constant communication from the SCBU team meant that Harrison had
lots of cuddles and the vital care he needed: “It was hard leaving my baby but
I trusted the nurses to keep me informed should I need to know anything. I was
there as much as I possibly could.
describes her feelings: “Every day was a different day. Some days I felt
positive as there was progress and some days I felt really down and
upset. When we were finally told he could come home we were extremely
happy and nervous. I couldn’t believe it at first. It was a long time coming
and I was definitely ready for our trips to the hospital to end. He
slotted in perfect to our already established routine at home. We had the much
needed support of the outreach team from SCBU to help with any issues that come
up after discharge. I didn’t feel so alone.
say to any other parent going onto SCBU there will be happy times but there
will also be sad times. There’s no rainbow without some rain. Celebrate little
milestones reached and cry when you need to. Reach out for support and don’t be
afraid to ask questions. Without SCBU we wouldn’t be where we are today. I try
to make sure that I think of all the positives of our time there and we are so
thankful to all that taken part in Harrison’s care. We miss the nurses but we
have got our baby home and that was our goal.”
asked Natalie what Harrison is like now, she said: “Absolutely amazing! He’s such
a pleasant little boy. He’s reaching all his milestones as he should. We
are all happy. Harrison completed our family. He’s perfect for us and it’s like
he’s been here forever. I wouldn’t have him any other way.
babies can go through a great deal and we should celebrate their journey so
far. We should support families as having a premature baby is such as emotional
time and we should raise awareness of premature birth. Not every story is happy
one but hopefully with awareness we could see an improvement in statistics.”