We are here to provide practical support to parents of premature and sick babies not just while in hospital but to going home with your premature or sick baby and supporting you as parents for years to come.
Should your child be born premature or with any kind of medical condition or problem it can be extremely distressing. However, you are not alone and there is a wealth of support from parents who have been there to help you. We are here for you, contact us to get practical and emotional support.
Parents who have a baby in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) or Special Care baby Unit (SCUBU) are under a lot of stress. They're not only worried about the health and well-being of their newborn, they're also navigating the physical and emotional difficulties of hospital life: lost sleep, financial worries, transportation logistics, and the balance between work and other family responsibilities. HertsPrems is the 'Go To' support group for parents of premature and Sick Babies.
We do our best to offer parents and families affected by premature birth, illness or disability in babies as much practical and emotional support as we can. We share hope in tangible ways with families in the NICU/SCBU in and around Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire. We invest our time, not for personal gratification but for the benefit of others who are walking our journey.
Realising each person has a need to feel a part of a support unit, we welcome anyone willing to benefit from our efforts by either attending monthly sessions or getting support from us either directly or indirectly. Don’t feel isolated or alone contact us, our approach is parent facilitating and we are very open minded, come and be part of this unique family
HertsPrems was launched by two mums Audrey and Bekki who had preemie babies and met on their first preemie journey in Watford General Hospital Special Care Baby Unit in 2010.
Audrey's journey started at Luton and Dunstable Neonatal Intensive Care Unit after having a 23+5 weeker 1lb 30z in 2010 and then had another brief preemie encounter at WGH SCBU after having a 35+2 5lbs 3oz weeker in 2015. Where we are now http://www.cnwl.nhs.uk/news/bed-manager-audrey-mitchell-nee-rugge-wins-women-purpose-award/
Bekki is a young single widow left mourning her dearly departed husband at 20 weeks and delivered her baby 35+6 weeker 3lbs 5oz in 2010. So yes we have been on the roller coaster journey with babies born too small, too sick and too soon.
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Together we formed HertsPrems as pacesetters who want to transform a generation to be a bench mark - we burn with the desire to help others flourish and thrive. We want to help maximise your lives to ensure that no one goes through the roller coaster Neonatal Journey alone.
Life isn't meant to be easy, it's a marathon even the fittest person will hit a brick wall but raw determination will get you to the finish line. We are on this marathon together, to run a race and finish strong.
We celebrated our 5 year Anniversary in 2017.
Change starts with us!!! HertsPrems want to be the message of Hope!!!
This is where we are now:
Find out more about the people who drive the great work done at HertsPrems, the charity supporting families of premature and sick babies.
“The people that I meet through HertsPrems and the unity and energy are something that will stay with me for a very long time.”
“I feel really privileged to be able to show my support for the work of Herts Prems and to promote it though fundraising.”
“Herts Prems is vitally important for families and I am thrilled to be a part of the help and support Herts Prems gives to families having had a prem baby myself .”
Herts Perms provide an invaluable resource and support service for mums and families of premature babies.