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Premature Babies in the News! 

This week marked the end of World Prematurity Month 2016. 

A month where charities, organisations and parents come together to raise awareness of premature birth and it was a bumper month for The Smallest Things!

In fact, over the last 8 weeks The Smallest Things and our supporters have rarely been out of the news!

You may have seen Karen Stirrat and her triplets on BBC Breakfast or STV discussing maternity leave.  

Or Michelle Caton-Richards featured in the Sun speaking bravely about her experiences of PTSD following premature birth. 

The media interest around the #NotMatLeave campaign has been strong and we were delighted to see the Prematurity Bill receiving cross-party support from MPs when it was introduced to The House of Commons. 

Ahead of the debate Smallest Things founder Catriona Ogilvy was interviewed by BBC Breakfast, BBC London, Sky News, ITV News and Channel 5 News, coverage which was well received. 

Catriona also spent time on Radio BBC 4’s Womens Hour alongside Bliss CEO Caroline Davey to debate the issue of maternity leave and later discussed premature birth with Vanessa Feltz on BBC Radio London. 

The #NotMatLeave petition, which now has over 125,000 signatures, has also featured in the Evening Standard, The Sun, The MirrorThe Times and The Huffiongton Post – not bad for a campaign entirely run by volunteers! 

World Prematurity Month may be over for another year, but The Smallest Things are committed to raising awareness 365 days a year – watch this space for more media interest soon! 

Premature Baby’s Journey – Henry’s Video Supports the #NotMatLeave Campaign¬†

With thanks to Nicki Cooper, sharing Henry’s video to support our #NotMatLeave campaign. 

On December 16 MPs will debate the Premature Birth Bill introduced by Steve Reed MP. The bill, supported by MPs from across political parties, calls for extended leave for both mothers and fathers of babies born too soon. 

You can support the #NotMatLeave campaign by signing our petition to extend maternity leave for mothers of premature babies – SIGN NOW!

Watch! The #NotMatLeave Film

We are hugely grateful to the film company Little Whale for producing and sharing their own story in support of our #NotMatLeave campaign.  

Check out their short film here –

If you like the film as much as we do then please help us to share the #NotMatLeave message far and wide. It’s easy – just click on the Facebook and Twitter buttons now! 

Sign the petition! Extend Maternity Leave for Mothers of Premature Babies. 

115,218 Voices go to Parliament

This week Smallest Things supporters and volunteers handed in 115, 218 signatures to the Dept. for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The petition is for the attention of Minister Margot James MP who, among many other things, is responsible for parental leave policy.


Until now the minister has declined our requests to meet with parents affected by premature birth…but we now have a glimpse of hope that our 115,218 voices will be heard!

No dates have been offered yet, but an intention to arrange a time to meet with families has been made. Watch this Space….

Thank you to everyone who shared #NotMatLeave pictures of their time in NICU on Facebook and Twitter – together we can raise awareness and make change happen!



If you haven’t signed the petition yet, the link is still open and can be signed here.