Our Stories

Each member of the BURPS team has had a different experience on the Unit – one thing we all have in common though is the excellent care we received from all the staff who helped see our babies through some very difficult early days and weeks.

Below is a selection of our stories. Click on the pictures and if there is anything you feel you can relate to or need some help or advice in dealing with your own situation then please feel free to contact us. We are always happy to help in anyway we can.

If you would like to add your own story to the page please send us a message either through the website or via FaceBook. We would love to hear from you.

23 Jun, 2023

Katy, Stewart and Ted’s story

We were looking forward to the birth of our son so much. We had planned for what we thought was every eventuality, we had been to some awesome antenatal and hypnobirthing classes and felt confident and positive.   Stoke Mandeville were monitoring us closely as Ted’s ‘due date’ was the 22nd May and we were […]

25 Apr, 2023

Nikki, Oliver and Spencer

After an uncomplicated pregnancy, it certainly was a shock to end up in the labour ward five weeks ahead of our due date. I hadn’t started maternity leave yet, and just that weekend my friends had thrown me a baby shower and we had gone to our first class of the NCT course. Thankfully, I […]

27 May, 2022

Laura Wright story

BNU student nurses play a vital role on our hospital wards and in our communities. When BNU marketing officer Laura Wright had sudden pregnancy complications, it wasn’t just doctors and nurses who helped her, student nurses played an important role in getting her through one of the most turbulent times in her life. This is […]

28 May, 2021

Mawdsley’s NICU Story

On the 29th September 2016 myself and my husband Neil went to our 12 week scan which is when we discovered we were expecting twins! We already had Leo 7 and Mia 6 so we were doubling our brood, which was quite a shock. Other then the usual morning sickness and a small bleed at […]

1 May, 2021

Laura, Rob & Ollie

The 17th June had finally come – our little boy’s due date! The day went by largely uneventful – a trip to Tesco seemed to get my tummy fluttering a little but it did not seem to avail to anything more. Later that evening we were laying on the sofa, watching the Graham Norton show, […]

1 May, 2021

Claire & Ellie

After 5 years of miscarriages, a termination for anencephaly, and endless tests and procedures in different hospitals, I finally had a successful 12 week scan in February 2014 after visiting a private miscarriage specialist in Harley Street who diagnosed high natural killer cells and prescribed a concoction of different drugs. I was absolutely delighted but […]

1 May, 2021

Sarah-Jane, Pete & Nathan

I’m sure most people have watched one born every minute, I’ve tuned in for a few minutes here and there and it was enough for me, let’s be honest it scared the bejesus out of me! In my head I had the perfect birth planned; we were doing Hypnobirthing classes, I was reading the positive […]

1 May, 2021

Sarah, Benny & Luca

I was 31 weeks pregnant and busy at work when I went into unexpected labour. I had experienced what I thought were braxon hicks the night before (while watching the ‘Great British Bake Off’ final!), went to bed and had a really good night’s sleep but woke up feeling pretty tired the next morning. After […]

1 May, 2021

Lisa, Kevin, Sam & Libby

We were so happy when we found out I was pregnant for the first time, a little half brother or sister for Sam, my step son. We went to the scan as a family of three plus bump! Afterwards I had the blood test they do at your 12 week scan and then off we […]