Par­ents thank ma­ter­nity team

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Par­ents from across La­nark­shire whose ba­bies were saved by staff gath­ered at a Christ­mas party.

They all met at Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal Wishaw to thank the ma­ter­nity team who helped their pre­ma­ture and ill new­borns.

Steph Shill­i­day’s daugh­ter So­phie spent over two months in the neona­tal unit in 2017, and she said:“I’d just like to say a huge thank you to all the staff who took time to help us to get through a re­ally dif­fi­cult time, we re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate it.”

Mums and dads of more than 60 pre­ma­ture ba­bies gath­ered to­gether at the an­nual party, which was or­gan­ised by neona­tal staff.

Lyn Clyde, chief mid­wife and op­er­a­tional man­ager, said:“The Christ­mas re­union is a very pop­u­lar event in our cal­en­dar of sup­port for fam­i­lies.

“It brings to­gether fam­i­lies whose chil­dren spent time in the neona­tal unit dur­ing their early crit­i­cal days, weeks and months of be­ing a pre­ma­ture or ill new­born baby.

“It is also a chance to meet up with many of the staff from the hos­pi­tal who cared for the ba­bies when they were at their small­est and most vul­ner­a­ble.”

Grate­ful Steph Shill­i­day with daugh­ters Ab­bie and So­phie and breast feed­ing sup­port as­sis­tant Leigh-Ann Johnstone

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