The Mum’s Voice Award celebrates mothers who have spoken out about their own experiences and have given hope to others; and I am honoured (and truly surprised!) to be included alongside so many other remarkable and amazing voices.
The neonatal world can often feel small to parents, an isolating experience where conflicting emotions last long after NICU. Through my own story I have been raising awareness of a journey that does not end at the NICU door, highlighting the ongoing needs of parents, writing openly about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and campaigning for a change to statutory maternity leave for mothers of babies born too soon.
I have been overwhelmed by the response to my Smallest Things site, not only when mothers tell me they no longer feel alone with their thoughts of loss, grief or guilt, but by the amazing response to my petition calling on Government to extend statuary maternity leave for preemie mums, which now has over 11,000 signatures (Please do sign if you haven’t done so already!!)
Being shortlisted for the Tommy’s Mums Voice Award would be an incredible opportunity to raise the profile of The Smallest Things further, to raise awareness of life after neonatal care and to push further for the changes needed.
If you would like to help me reach the shortlist, all you need to do is send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line Smallest Things, along with a couple of sentences or so on why you think I should be shortlisted.
The closing date for emails is Wednesday December 23th, so please do spare a minute or two in amongst the Christmas wrapping to help the Smallest Things reach the Tommy’s Award Ceremony in March!