Premature Babies in the News! 

This week marked the end of World Prematurity Month 2016. 

A month where charities, organisations and parents come together to raise awareness of premature birth and it was a bumper month for The Smallest Things!

In fact, over the last 8 weeks The Smallest Things and our supporters have rarely been out of the news!

You may have seen Karen Stirrat and her triplets on BBC Breakfast or STV discussing maternity leave.  

Or Michelle Caton-Richards featured in the Sun speaking bravely about her experiences of PTSD following premature birth. 

The media interest around the #NotMatLeave campaign has been strong and we were delighted to see the Prematurity Bill receiving cross-party support from MPs when it was introduced to The House of Commons. 

Ahead of the debate Smallest Things founder Catriona Ogilvy was interviewed by BBC Breakfast, BBC London, Sky News, ITV News and Channel 5 News, coverage which was well received. 

Catriona also spent time on Radio BBC 4’s Womens Hour alongside Bliss CEO Caroline Davey to debate the issue of maternity leave and later discussed premature birth with Vanessa Feltz on BBC Radio London. 

The #NotMatLeave petition, which now has over 125,000 signatures, has also featured in the Evening Standard, The Sun, The MirrorThe Times and The Huffiongton Post – not bad for a campaign entirely run by volunteers! 

World Prematurity Month may be over for another year, but The Smallest Things are committed to raising awareness 365 days a year – watch this space for more media interest soon! 

1 thought on “Premature Babies in the News! 

  1. Beryl Chadwick

    This is a very worthwhile petition; premature babies need extra special care so that in turn means that Mums and Dads need extra time with them. Keep up the good work.



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