A MUM whose own little miracle was born ten weeks early is hoping to bring festive cheer and support to other parents of premature babies.
Emma Newcombe’s son Noah was born by emergency caesarean in 2010.
Now the mum-of-four has become the Essex co-ordinator for Little Miracles UK, which provides online advice and support to parents of premature babies.
Emma, 33, of Ilex Close, Colchester, said: “On March 30, 2010, my life changed forever when my waters broke while visiting my friend in London.
“I was taken to Kingston-Upon- Thames Hospital and given an emergency caesarean after Noah’s heart rate dropped dangerously low. He weighed 4lbs.
Emma was told she’d had a placental abruption – where the placental lining separates from the uterus prior to delivery – a blood clot and Strep B, a bacterial infection.
After five days, Noah’s condition stabilised and he was transferred to the neonatal unit at Colchester General Hospital where he spent a further six weeks.
Emma said: “I already had two children when Noah was born and I was on my own with him from day one of being pregnant. My two other children went to stay with their dad.
“I was on some sort of auto-pilot.
When this happened I was not prepared for it in any way.”
Little Miracles UK was launched on Facebook about 18 months ago.
Emma posted her story on there.
As the page’s popularity grew, its founder asked for representatives to set up regional pages and fundraising events.
Emma, who is married to Danny, 25, jumped at the chance and said she also wanted to arrange for care packs, containing advice and information for parents, to be given to neonatal units at hospitals.
Emma wants to put together Christmas boxes with information and goodies for parents and babies.
Items such as toys, sweet treats and baby-hats are welcome.
She plans to take them to the neonatal units on Christmas Eve.
Noah, who is now four, has recently started Montgomery Infant School, Colchester.
To donate items, email noah1981@ hotmail.co.uk or visit Little Miracles uk-Essex on Facebook.