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Tommy’s Awards Nomination – a HUGE thank you

I was truly surprised and very honored when my Smallest Things blog was long listed for the Tommy’s Mums Voice Awards at the end of last year.

Although I did not made it onto the shortlist this time, just to be considered was a wonderful recognition for The Smallest Things campaign to raise awareness of premature birth and the needs of parents following a neonatal stay.

I would like to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who took the time to write to Tommy’s in support of my nomination. I was sent some copies of the correspondence they received in support of my blog. Reading them made me very proud of everything The Smallest Things has achieved in such a short space of time.

“Catriona has worked tirelessly and passionately to bring the issues surrounding premature babies to the public’s attention. She writes from the heart, telling her own story and encouraging others to do the same, to help people understand that having a premature baby or babies is an ordeal that can have a profound effect long after the NICU discharge letter is signed. As a mum to premature twins myself, I’m grateful for the voice Catriona gives to all NICU parents out there, and her campaign to extend maternity leave has achieved incredible support and continues to gain momentum… if anyone can get the law changed, Catriona (and her 11,000+ supporters) can!”

“I feel that smallest things should be shortlisted for the mum’s voice award as it invaluable support for parents of premature babies. I found having a very premature baby to be quite a lonely and isolating experience as although friends and family were very kind they didn’t really understand the grief, guilt and loss that I was experiencing. To hear other people’s stories was very reassuring and raising the profile of the issues around having a premature baby e.g. Maternity leave, will be beneficial to future parents of premature babies.”

“As a grandparent to two beautiful girls who were born too soon I can identify with the message Smallest Things gives. I especially support the call for maternity leave to start when the baby leaves hospital as I witnessed how difficult it was for my daughter to go back to work and leave her two precious girls when they were still so tiny. .”

“I have only fairly recently discovered The Smallest Things. It is so wonderful being able to read the stories of other individuals who have been through the same journey as me….other individuals who write about the pain, the difficulties, sometimes heartbreak but also importantly the joy of having a preemie and experiencing life in NICU.”

smallest thingsThe award which “celebrates a mum who has spoken about her own experience and given hope to others” will be announced at a ceremony in March and I know that any one of the finalists would be very worthy winners for the simply outstanding work they all do.

For me personally it was a privilege to have been considered alongside these amazing women and I not only wish each of the finalists luck but look forward to working closely with many of them in the future in our on-going work to improve the experiences of others.

Tommy’s Charity Awards 2016: Mum’s Voice Award

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This afternoon I received an unexpected email with a lovely surprise… Tommy’s, the baby charity, had got in touch to tell me I have been longlisted for the 2016 Seraphine Mum’s Voice Award!

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 mumsvoice@tommys.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!