Katy Shanahan

After Holly was born she had to spend a little time in the Special Care Baby Unit. When she needed feeding, SCBU would call the ward I was on, a midwife would wake me up to walk round and be buzzed into the unit. I would wait outside the doors to be let in, hearing my bubba crying for food.

Although it sounds like a chore to go round to the unit at 11.00pm, 2am, 4am and 6am, it was a joy, I was so happy to see and hold my baby.

What I wasn’t prepared for was how much my heart would ache at 11.30, 2.30, 4.30 and 6.30 when I finished feeding her and had to go back to my ward. Where the other mums had their babies beside them. All I could think of was my baby alone, the other side of the building.

I would have stayed there all night, every night, just sat next to her incubator if I’d been allowed.

Royal Surrey realise how important it is for mums and babies to be together, and that this is even more essential for poorly babies. They are hoping to fundraise enough money to offer overnight accommodation so that mums and babies can stay together. This will make a WORLD of difference to families going through this experience, your donations are so, so appreciated!

Katy Shanahan