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.

 

 

 

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.

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

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

Feature Mum of the Month

This month I am thrilled to announce the start our feature mum articles. Each month I hope to share with you a mums story about her early delivery and her Mighty babies journey. 

This month I spoke with Sam Draper who gave birth to her daughter Willow at 25weeks plus 4 days. Read all about it here


Mighty Mum Kirsty makes us all smile....

One of our mums Kirsty has featured in this months Aquarius Magazine. Kirsty, mum to one year old twins Ella and Caleb has written the most honest, frank and damn funny "20 ways the UAE has changed since having babies". Well done Kirsty, I feel this is just the start of your writing career...I can honestly say, I would love to be one of your pupils receiving a school report if this is anything to go by!! JPH-H


City Tots suspends its sessions for the next months..

City Tots is a support group for parents of premature babies who have been admitted to Mediclinic 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.

The 2015 Schedule has been suspended for the next few months and updates will be confirmed by Mediclinic City Hospital

For more information please email MCH.Tots@mediclinic.ae

Small and Mighty Babies September Meet Up

It was so wonderful to meet up last week with parents and the Mighty Babies. We sat and talked like we had all known each other for years. We talked about the struggles some of the Mighty Babies are facing but also some of the hurdles they have overcome. For me, it was lovely to hear the feedback on Small and Mighty Babies but also to learn of additional contacts for me to share, ideas for our future projects but more so to remind me why I started this journey. I feel I have managed to turn one of the saddest periods of my life into the most special, that privilege (though it didn't feel it at the time!) of having my baby come early has taught me so much and opened doors for me that I never knew existed. Thank you George, and thank you everyone. JPH-H 

Sassy Mama comes to Dubai...

Sassy Mama has recently launched in Dubai and I totally agree that it is the "go-to guide for modern mothers". Already in Hong Kong and Singapore, this new guide for Dubai based families is packed with useful tips, ideas, events, advice, contacts...you name it, these Mamas have it covered.

I was thrilled when Sassy Mama asked me to write a few words and introduce Small and Mighty Babies to them. It is through media like Sassy Mama that Small and Mighty Babies can reach a larger audience and I feel very honoured to have them as our supporters. JPH-H

Check out http://sassymamadubai.com/sassy-mama-supports-small-and-mighty/