World Prematurity Day...are you 1 in 10?

This year we are delighted to be at the RIPE Market in Zabeel Park on Friday 17th November 2017 to celebrate World Prematurity Day.

Bringing our families together to celebrate their journeys and hold those families close to us whose journey had a tragic end. We look forward to seeing you there.

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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

 

 

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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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!

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.

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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 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

 

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

 

 

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