Bringing together our Stars at Al Barari...

For World Pregnancy and Infant Loss Day we held an event amongst the private gardens at Al Barari. With the love and support from Alexandra from Little Angels and Fazila from Lighthouse Arabia we were able to make it a day to remember for each and every one of our Little Stars.

Everyone was welcome no matter whether their loss was through miscarriage, still birth, neonatal or Infant Loss. Our families brought siblings, family members and friends for support. The gardens were beautiful to walk around and allowed our families to take some time to commemorate their little one in the way that is right for them

Upon A Star...help us make our stars shine brighter

Our incredibly special project to bring memory boxes to families who suffer neonatal loss, stillbirth and miscarriage. Each box is white in colour, gender neutral with an elephant design on the front. The language of the box is English but will also be produced in Arabic when required. We need your help to crochet or sponsor the crochet of a cocoon for the baby which will be enclosed in each of our memory boxes.

Memory Box Contents

  1. Unspoken Words Notebook for parents 
  2. Private letter to the parents from Little Angels - Love through Loss Support Group
  3. Hand crocheted sleeping cocoon for the baby
  4. Linen drawstring bag for babies keepsakes.
  5. Grief consultation session with Lighthouse Arabia
  6. Information from Middle East Assistance for funeral arrangements
  7. Treasured Memories Inkless paper kit for hand and footprints
  8. Information to create hand and foot castings
  9. Barefoot Dubai Remembrance Photography
  10. Private Letter from Small and Mighty Babies
  11. Upon A Star candle

Collection Points - please contact each individual to arrange collection or sponsorship of your crochet pack which will be available from Sunday 4th June 2017.

Mira Oasis in Reem Community please call Kerry on 056 886 0700

Meydan Heights & JESS School please call Lala on 052 817 9235

Umm Suqeim please call Joanne on 050 656 8147

 

 

Just Look At Me Now...

Last year we started the Small and Mighty Photoshoot inspired by the work of a photographer from Canada. The reaction was incredible and this year we were delighted to work with Barefoot Dubai to create another set of incredible images.

Shot in Dubai Creek Park our families arrived with their Mighty Babies ready for a morning of photographs and fun. Showing the journey of a premature baby from receiving life support in NICU to now a strong and resilient Mighty Baby. With the love and care that Barefoot Dubai ensures go into every photograph myself and every family involved were as proud as can be with the final images. 

We look forward to welcoming more families at our next photoshoot later in the year

 

 

Small and Mighty Babies reviews the Dyson Air Purifier - Allergies (English)

A few months ago Small and Mighty Babies was invited to take part in a review of the Dyson Pure Cool Air Purifier where some of our mums would live with the purifier for a few weeks to see if and how it could help home life. 

This purifier really is one of a kind. It removes 99.97% of allergens and pollutants as small as 0.3 microns! (I had to look up microns, its a unit of length equal to one millionth of a metre, used in many technological and scientific fields) In simple terms...its tinier than tiny!! It purifies all year round, has an automatic night mode, safe and easy to clean, oscillates (spins!) and has a remote control.

Whats not to love....especially if from a health point of view its life changing. I encourage you to watch the first of the several clips I will be sharing. 

 

 

 

Wills, Custody and Guardianship in the UAE?

Our next meet up on Wednesday 5th April will take place at Vendome on Umm Al Sheif Street from 9.30am. This month we will welcome Nita Maru from TWS Legal Consultants to informally chat to us about the laws in the UAE regarding Wills, Guardianship and Custody of Minor Children to name a few of the items Nita shall cover.  We look forward to catching up with you all!

For more information please visit http://willsuae.com.

 

 

 

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Did I really just say that...

ARE YOU BEING THE PARENT YOU WANT TO BE?

Nicki Anderson at Journey to Wholeness uses Jungian psychology and a cutting edge communication and coaching tool to support parents to reconnect to their child during challenging times and find powerful solutions that empower their child and themselves. I met Nicki for coffee to talk about her work but also understand how I struggle in my own role as a mother. Finding the balance between discipline and well, letting George get away with anything is something I find truly difficult but you know what, I make excuses, I know I do.

For me, I saw his little life hang off the edge of a cliff and so when he does something, something really bad, bad as in "thats not my child bad" I think...well at least he is here to do that, at least he is alive, still here with me and hence, I let it go. But I know how it is making me feel, I know this sick feeling I have all the time waiting for something else to shake me and make me worry but in step Nicki... and I cant wait for her to join us on Thursday to talk about this further!

See you at Lime Tree Cafe, Al Manara on Thursday 16th March from 9am in the private room.

 

Occupational Therapy.....lets meet Kamal

Towards the end of last year I was able to finally meet up with Gurkamal Punia Dasani (Kamal) a Senior Occupational Therapist and owner of TherapyBox, an online store for childrens developmental resources and equipment, for parents and teachers.  Kamal is a mum of twins with over 9 years experience working with children in Australia, China and Dubai. Kamal has specialised in paediatrics and vision therapy and is currently based at the American Wellness Center in Dubai Healthcare City. 

Her private business Therapybox is a place where people can purchase children's developmental products and equipment which is not easily available in Dubai, ask questions over the phone regarding their child's development without a consultation charge, gain access to therapy ideas to use at home, find information about events for children and parents in Dubai and read her blog about activities to do at home to boost development as well as useful resources in the community. She also provides parent and staff trainings as well as formal presentations. Any clinical assessments have to be charged and are completed at the American Wellness Center where she is licensed, in Dubai Healthcare City. Kamal wanted to provide a free resource in Dubai for parents which is run by a licensed professional. As there are a number of resources available however they are not always the best sources or providing evidence based information. This is her way of giving back a little to the special needs community as these parents face numerous challenges on a daily basis and Dubai is very expensive for what their children require. However her products can boost the development of all children, as well as children with special needs. `She also runs competitions on Instagram and Facebook. 

Kamal will join us on Tuesday 10th January at our Small and Mighty meet up, Pain Quotidien in Dubai Marina Mall from 9am.

 

 

Development Milestones...and a premature baby

When we were in NICU with George I always had a burning question....when will he come home. Its a question I was recommended not to ask or keep asking the neonatal consultants by my head, my heart..and my husband...he will come home when he is ready. We have all been there but the day does eventually come when the NICU doors open and you walk out with your Mighty Baby in your arms.

At this point I felt like I was finally a mother, it was me keeping our son alive and not a machine. Mighty George is growing up to be a wild but utterly fabulous little man. We have navigated all the fun things having a premature baby throws at you (not!) to the first teeth, weaning, toddler tantrums, "threenager" years and nursery so why do I still have this overwhelming feeling that there is something else that keeps making me cautious, another question I have to ask. I often read the multitude of premature blogs, websites and posts out there about how a mother can never quite get over her time in NICU and the long term implications it can cause to our wellbeing so maybe this is why when he struggles with a few things he "should" be doing or is "expected" to be doing at a particular point in his young life my stomach hits the floor like it did in those days in NICU. Is something not right. is something wrong. why this, why that is firing through my mind. Relief came when I was able to sit down with Kamal, Senior Occupational Therapist and owner of TherapyBox Australia to talk about development milestones, what are they and what "should" our little people really be doing and as parents, what if anything, can we do to support them. 

Come and join us on Tuesday 10th January at Pain Quotidien in Dubai Marina Mall from 9am to catch up with the Small and Mighty Mums and have an informal chat with Kamal herself. In the coming weeks I will be "test driving" some of her exercises with George and reporting back to you all. 

Celebrating those milestones....I got no tubes to help me breathe

I am utterly delighted to have teamed up with www.puddingsandchops.com to offer these incredible NICU milestone cards to families across the UAE.

Josie and Laura who own this business have nothing but supportive in helping me get these across the world to the desert dunes of Dubai. I am thrilled to have them here and please email me if you are interested to see them.

 

 

The three hats of me..

I was delighted to welcome Marissa from Little Sybarites into my home last month with Jules from Jewel Seddon Photography. We have talked about all things Small and Mighty, cried about all things Small and Mighty but most of all smiled. The chance our group has to help families is phenomenal and I praise each and every family in our group for helping me grow our network of support.

Thank you Marissa for your loving words, Jules for your stunning photography and also agreeing with me...photos are not my forte!

A Wave of Light

Today, Saturday 15th October, we recognise World Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day.

At Small and Mighty Babies we arranged for a special set of photographs to be taken with the help of Barefoot Dubai to especially remember those babies known to us within our community. We reflect on the loss and surround each family with our love and support. May they know that they are always cherished, always remembered.

 

 

 

Time Out Kids Awards - we won!

Its taken me too long to get back onto the blog and but I can't think of a better way to start than sharing this incredible news!

Its been an incredible three years since I started Small and Mighty Babies and to be recognised and awarded for all our hard work is just wonderful. Thank you Time Out Kids and thank you to all our Mighty Babies, without you we wouldn't be where we are today.

Time Out Dubai Kids Awards 2016 - Winner - Best Pre & Post Natal Care Provider.jpg

Small and Mighty Babies Photoshoot, thank you Red

Red Methot, a photographer based in Quebec has touched a very special group of people here in Dubai. Red has two children who were both born premature and any parent of a premature baby knows this totally rocks your world, for both the good and the bad reasons. His experience inspired him to create a series of images of children, who were also born too soon, holding a photograph of themselves when they were on life support in NICU...and wow, did it get me thinking!

Inspired to say the least I wanted to try and re-create this in Dubai for many reasons. With the help, support and guidance from Jules at JewelSeddon Photography we have been able to turn this dream into a reality. I hope to highlight premature birth in the United Arab Emirates, to raise awareness of Small and Mighty Babies but mainly for our gorgeous children. I wanted to create an opportunity for our families to have an image that speaks so loud it brings tears to our eyes, its proud, its strong and it reminds us to always hold our heads high. No matter what struggles we face in our lives we know the battle we as families and our wonderful babies have fought.

I couldn't be prouder to share these with you x

Light a candle and support babies born too soon..

I love candles and my house is always full of burning lights and so whatever the occasion, I think a candle can offer so much love, hope and light. When George was in NICU I would light a candle every night for him, say a little prayer, have a little cry and wish him home soon and I am so pleased to have been able to create this candle with a Dubai based candle extraordinaire Mel Upham of Pure Candles. We have two fragrances available at the moment, Lime Basil & Mandarin and Lemongrass & Ginger.

Whether for yourself or a friend who is currently caring for a baby in a Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit, please help support Small and Mighty Babies and light a candle today for all babies born too soon.

AED120 per candle with 45 hours burning time.

World Prematurity Day 2015

Looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow!

Meet Up/ Parking Area - Head to the new Spinneys on Palm Jumeirah, take the left fork as you drive onto the palm. Take first entrance into service lane and follow signs for parking. You will be parking under the Golden Mile ONE Building which is where the new Spinneys is.

Park in the orange area (section 4). Lift or escalators upstairs and walk through the exit doors by Cafe Nero...we will be there!

See you tomorrow x

Small and Mighty Babies meets on Tuesday 3rd November

Looking forward to the Small and Mighty Babies meet up planned for this Tuesday, looking forward to seeing you there!

Date: Tuesday 3rd November 2015

Time: 9.30am - 11.30am

Venue: Carluccios, The Beach, Jumeirah Beach Residence

http://www.carluccios.com/restaurants/united-arab-emirates

Premature and Neonate Infant Massage in Dubai

Debbie Cain-Knowles is the founder of Bumps and Beyond Dubai. She is a Baby massage expert and instructor who was personally trained by Gayle Berry of the UK award winning Blossom and Berry.

Recently Debbie certified as a Touch Needs Premature/Neonate Infant Massage Instructor. As a Liddle Kidz qualified Pediatric Touch Therapist for special needs children, Debbie often works with families struggling with Autism, Down Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy, this is something that Debbie feels a real passion for, helping those that can't help themselves.

In addition to massage and touch therapy Debbie is a trained Maternity Nurse and Sleep consultant, often helping families with difficulties that may arise in the early years of a child's life. One of Debbie's great achievements is attending countless births in her role as a Doula where the mother has managed to overcome great difficulties resulting in the seamless natural birth of baby. JPH-H



Small and Mighty Babies meets on Monday 14th September

Looking forward to the Small and Mighty Babies meet up planned for this Monday, looking forward to seeing you there!

Date: Monday 14th September 2015

Time: 9.30am - 11.30am

Venue: Mini Monsters, Dnata Building, Sheikh Zayed Road

www.minimonsters.ae

Small and Mighty Babies makes The National newspaper

A recent article in The National newspaper about baby Tala Othman who amazed her parents and doctors when she was born 11 weeks early, at 1.45 kilograms, encased in her amniotic sac.

Her Egyptian mother, Eman Ahmed, panicked when she saw her newborn still firmly curled in a foetal position in the sac – a bag of clear, pale fluid inside the womb where the unborn baby develops and grows and Ms Ahmed thought her daughter had not survived the birth.

When the article was published, baby Tala was still receiving care at the Sheikh Khalifa General Hospital in Ajman and I contacted the National to ask them to share the details of Small and Mighty Babies with the family in case they needed any support.  We were thrilled when the newspaper wanted to publish an article about our group and I hope you enjoy reading it. JPH-H