Throughout July, we are being supported by the fantastic staff at the North East Ambulance Service. Proud mum, Rebecca English, whose daughter Daizy was cared for on our Unit nominated Neoangels to be the charity they would support. The team sets up a tasty tuck shop on the base and all proceeds come directly to us – how amazing?!
Here’s Rebecca’s story….
“I was in my local shopping centre when I began having some pains, I joked that I was in slow labour and carried on. Had my tea and the pains still kept niggling away so I rang the Maternity Unit and they’d asked if I had been timing and I said yes one minute apart, I’d had a bath and nothing was distracting me so my sister in law took me to the hospital. As soon as I arrived I was strapped onto monitor to check Daizy was ok, she was and you could see some contractions showing up. I was about to have a swab to see if I was showing signs of labour however I wasn’t allowed to have this as by now I was already 4cm dilated. The next few hours are a complete blur, I was given lots of different injections, steroids and medication as I had gestational diabetes. The one thing I can remember was my first thought being it’s to soon she’s not due to until Christmas Day..
Daizy was born 7th November 2016 – (33+1) we have no information as to why I went into labour. After five days of slow labour and 45 minutes established, Daizy made her appearance in North Tees (our original hospital was Queen Elizabeth Gateshead) but due to the gestation I was when my labour started, I was to early and the unit at Queen Elizabeth did not have capacity to look after us.
The staff including the midwifes, nurses and doctors were incredible.
Daizy was whisked away fairly quickly and spent 10 days on the Special Care Baby Unit at Teesside and a further four at QE once we moved back closer to home.
Whilst at Teeside she had an incredible start, no oxygen required and was tube fed but very quickly began bottle feeding, just two days in an incubator and then she moved into a cot! Daizy weighed 4lb 9oz on arrival, but fast forward to now and she’s a whopping 16lb 3oz!!! She can roll over, smile, giggle & wriggle; she’s always learning new things and loves sensory classes.
We had a very stressful start but the staff & charity eased all of this for us, we are forever grateful and as you can imagine the unit will hold a place in our hearts forever.”
We are so incredibly proud of Rebecca and her team for supporting Neoangels – we hope they enjoy the tuck shop! We’re a little jealous we can’t join in!