City Tots next meeting on Monday 2nd March

City Tots next meeting will be on Monday 2nd March from 11.00 - 13.30. The group meets in the ground floor meeting room and light refreshments will be provided.

City Tots is a support group based at Mediclinic City Hospital for the parents of premature babies who have been admitted to the hospitals neonatal intensive care unit. Please contact joanne.pomer@mediclinic.ae for any more details. JPH-H

 

 

City Tots October meeting at Mediclinic City Hospital

The City Tots monthly meeting for parents of babies born at Mediclinic City Hospital shall be held this coming Monday 20th October from 1130am - 100pm. The group meets in the ground floor meeting room and light refreshments will be provided.

City Tots is a support group based at Mediclinic City Hospital for the parents of premature babies who have been admitted to the hospitals neonatal intensive care unit. Please contact joanne.pomer@mediclinic.ae for any more details. JPH-H

 

 

City Tots meeting at Mediclinic City Hospital

The second City Tots Preemie Support Group meeting is tomorrow, Tuesday 15th July and will be joined by Minettte Prinslloo, City Hospital dietician, who will be available to answer all your infant feeding questions.

City Tots is a support group based at City Hospital for parents of premature babies who have been admitted to City Hospital neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). The morning meeting is 11:30 – 13:00 and evening 18:00 – 20:00.

Sadly I cannot be there tomorrow as I am travelling but for all those who attend I hope you have a great session.  JPH-H

The magic in the music...

I remember the first time I heard music playing in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at City Hospital. I remember it like it was yesterday. The exact spot I was standing when I heard this ethereal sound, almost haunting and as my brain tried to catch up with this music I felt the tears beginning to fall down my face. Why this music had such an effect on me I cannot tell you but to this day, that moment is still so fresh in my mind.

These ethereal sounds were the words and sounds of Enya, an Irish singer, instrumentalist and songwriter and for those of you who are not familiar with her work I do recommend a search on her music. I turned to one of the other mothers in the unit who had watched my reaction and she assured me she had a similar reaction. I said to her that I couldn't imagine ever being able to listen to this music ever again without becoming so emotional, but, how wrong was I! By the second week I was more familiar with the music and began to feel myself relaxing and almost reflecting on what was happening to me and family. I spoke to the manager of the unit and she explained to me that research has shown the benefits of playing music to babies and how it can soothe the babies and improve their sleeping and eating patterns. 

When George came home from hospital I was aware he was moving from a noisy and light filled environment to a home where alarms are not sounding and lights are not bright. I decided to ignore the lump in my throat and I purchased her album, The Very Best of Enya. Whenever he would not settle or sleep I would play her album to him and to this day, when I am struggling, I still do.

At 4.30am this morning as I struggled to get George to settle in a new time zone I switched on my iPad in his nursey and started to play Enya. George lay back down in his crib, he held his cat and blanket and drifted off to sleep. Whether it was exhaustion or Enya I was thankful and as I drifted off to sleep I thought of all the Mighty Babies out there today settling to those similar and enchanting sounds. JPH-H

 

This interesting article supports this practice and I cannot commend Mediclinic City Hospital enough for implementing this practice in their Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/15/music-therapy-preemies-lullabies_n_3085154.html

 

City Tots first meeting at Mediclinic City Hospital

On Tuesday we attended the first session of City Tots at City Hospital.

It was so nice catching up with the nurses from the NICU unit and also for them to see the Mighty Babies who they looked after and cared for. The last time they had seen the babies was during our discharge from the unit, now it was chasing them as they crawled around the seminar room into chairs and tables!

The core of the City Tots group is to support the parents with babies currently in the NICU unit at the hospital. Meeting the parents who came to the session was a wonderful and also emotional experience for us. Being able to empathise with them and answer their questions are some are the reasons to why Small and Mighty became my calling. I hope the time we spent with these parents has given them some comfort, reassurance and strength to continue their journey.

For those parents we met, please get in touch with smallandmightybabies@gmail.com if you need anything and we can't wait to hear about your mighty's progress. JPH-H

Mediclinic City Hospital announce the start of City Tots

I am thrilled to be able to share the great news that City Hospital shall begin their City Tots sessions on Tuesday 17th June. 

City Tots is a support group based at City Hospital for parents of premature babies who have been admitted to City Hospital neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). The group aims to support and educate parents during and after their NICU experience. They provide parents with the coping skills, a place to find unconditional help and voice their individual concerns. City Tots allows parents to express any thoughts and feelings in a safe, non judgemental and personal environment and makes a tremendous positive difference to the parents experience within the Mediclinic City Hospital's NICU.

To support City Tots, one or more of us from Small and Mighty Babies shall attend this meeting to provide any care and support to parents. We found comfort talking to parents who went through similar experiences and hopefully, we can return that comfort. JPH-H

The 2014 Schedule has been announced for the following dates with the group meetings taking place at 11.30am to 1.00pm & 6.00pm to 8.00pm in City Hospital.

17th June 2014 

15th July 2014

19th August 2014

16th September 2014

21st October 2014

18th November 2014

For more information and to confirm your participation please email MCH.Tots@mediclinic.ae

What a difference a year makes...

Writing my first post for Small and Mighty has been quite a daunting thought.

Now, not being a person who struggles for something to say I am, however, not a writer. My English teacher would have me in detention for my spelling and punctuation (I blame predictive text!) but then I realised, this isn't about being a good writer, its about doing some good, something for George to be proud of and something for anyone out there who needs Small and Mighty.

I have already written about why I have started Small and Mighty but as George's 1st Birthday approaches it feels apt to launch this website in tandem with his birthday celebrations. We have come such a long way since the 9th May and for all you people who find yourself in NICU today I hope and pray for the mighty strong steps your baby is taking to come home. Know and trust the people around you and please remember that there is a group of loving people here in Dubai who can be there for you.

I am so proud to share this picture of George with you. This first photo taken was not the usual "new baby" cradled in mum's arms but this. And though I am crying remembering that day I cannot tell you how happy it has also made me. Without this, Small and Mighty would never have been my calling and I would not have this chance to give back the support that I had to anyone in need in the UAE.  JPH-H

 

GBH a few hours old

GBH a few hours old

GBH ten days and the first time I held him

GBH ten days and the first time I held him