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

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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

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


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 meets on Tuesday 24th March

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

Date: Tuesday 24th March 2015

Time: 9am - 11am

Venue: Al Jalila Cultural Centre for Children, Al Wasl Road, Umm Suqeim 3

www.ajccc.ae

 

A brave and brilliant woman... Marina Fogle

In August last year I heard the sad news that Marina Fogle, wife of English adventurer, author, broadcaster and all round great guy Ben Fogle, had lost their third child late into pregnancy. Marina has recently written about what happened, how she copes with the power of grief and how understanding grief has helped her recover. She talks about how being honest with her children over what happened became huge relief to her and I think in one way or another, we can all learn much from her and this article.

For me, this article was a reminder about how fortunate I have been. Marina had suffered an acute placental abruption. The same fate I was dealt on 9th May 2013. To those who were with me on that day and those looking down from the above, thank you for keeping me safe, and thank you for keeping Mighty George safe. I know how different my chapter could have been. JPH-H

Small and Mighty Babies at Bystro Restaurant & Pastry House

Our next Small and Mighty Babies meet up is planned for Thursday 29th January at Bystro Restaurant & Pastry House. We shall be meeting from 9am - 11am and everyone is welcome, we look forward to meeting you soon. www.bystrodubai.com JPH-H

 

City Tots announces the schedule for 2015

City Tots is a support group for parents with premature babies who have been admitted to Mediclinic City Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). The group aims to support and educate parents during and after their NICU experience. A member of the Small and Mighty Babies team will attend the monthly meeting to provide any additional support but also to introduce parents to the wider Small and Mighty Babies group.

The meetings will be held in the ground floor seminar room at the Mediclinic City Hospital from 11.00am - 1.30pm on the following dates

2nd February 2015

2nd March 2015

6th April 2015

4th May 2015

1st June 2015

6th July 2015

3rd August 2015

7th September 2015

12th October 2015

2nd November 2015

7th December 2015

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

Small and Mighty Babies makes The National

From the day George arrived early into this world I have had a mountain of support around me. I never had any choice but to be strong, it was my only option. But at times, I just felt broken. I felt guilty, I felt numb and I felt empty. This support from family, friends and sometimes strangers encouraged me to turn these feelings into positive experiences and create Small and Mighty Babies. 

As I continue to work with parents to grow and build Small and Mighty Babies I have been introduced to some wonderful people who have in turn opened doors for me. Through my work with Sassy Mama I was introduced to Mitya Underwood at The National newspaper who I met to talk about all things Small and Mighty. JPH-H

To read the article

http://www.thenational.ae/arts-lifestyle/family/the-fast-evolving-world-of-motherhood-in-the-uae

 

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 

Small and Mighty is one Sassy Mama

Earlier this year I had the pleasure of meeting Kaya Scott from Sassy Mama and was thrilled when she asked me to feature on the website as a "that mama". I was quite nervous about having my photograph taken for the website but was put at ease by their lovely photographer Claire Barlow and am so pleased with the finished result. The Sassy Mama team have been so supportive of Small and Mighty Babies and I can't wait to get back to Dubai in September to get working on great things to come. JPH-H

To read the article please see http://sassymamadubai.com/that-mama-joanne-hanson/

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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