In the UK, every 6 minutes a baby is born premature or sick, needing specialist hospital care. That's 82,000 babies every year - 22,000 of those need intensive care, often for many weeks or months.
Eleanor was born on 14 November 2007, 12 weeks early, weighing just 580g / 1lb 4oz. She needed Intensive Care for 3 months, and further specialist support for a further 2 months. She finally came home in April 2008 on oxygen supply and is doing well thanks to the ongoing support of York District Hospital.
To celebrate Eleanor's first birthday on 14 November 2008. we'd like to publicise the Campaign for Change www.121nursing.org.uk, to ensure better neonatal care for all early and sick babies through photographs. Adults and Children get one to one intensive care so why shouldn't babies? Bliss - www.bliss.org.uk - the special care baby charity, helps champion the care of our most vulnerable babies and their families, and is the only organisation in the UK dedicated to improving the survival and long-term quality of life for babies born too soon, too small or too sick to cope on their own.