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To a mother on the neonatal unit,

Since I started blogging, I have come into contact with some absolutely incredible people, many of whom have faced tough challenges and intense heartache on their road to parenthood.  Amy Campbell is one of those people.  Amy lives in Yorkshire with her husband Connor, their children Charlotte and Archie and their two Labradors, Hattie and Mila.  Charlotte is a surviving twin to her sister Esme, who Amy tenderly describes as the ‘brightest star in the sky’.  Esme and Charlotte were born three months premature and Amy blogs with such grace about her experience of their time on the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), saying goodbye to Esme and parenting her three beautiful children.

 

You can find Amy at This is My Brave Face and on instagram @this_is_my_brave_face

 

This is her heartfelt letter from one mother to another, which I have no doubt will resonate with many.

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To a mother on the neonatal unit,

 

Firstly, I want to say to you, that you are doing amazing.

 

I am a mother of twin girls. Charlotte is my surviving twin. Charlotte’s (Twin 1) waters went at 24 weeks pregnant and I spent the next seventeen days on the antenatal ward in Leeds General Infirmary. At 26 weeks pregnant I was rushed into theatre, when Charlotte and I caught an infection and her heart rate plummeted. She was born extremely poorly and we lived many days by the hour. Esme was born trying to breathe by herself. For many weeks, Esme was the strongest twin. However at seven weeks old and after a week of battling with meningitis and ventriculitis, she was left with no quality of life. The kindest, most hardest decision was to take her off the ventilation. She was with us for a further twelve beautiful hours and has since taught me many things I value most about life; to love, to be brave and to never give up on hope.
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