Having a premature baby is by no-one's standards a "normal" thing to do and once you start on this journey you will find it can be extremely emotional. As the parents of premature babies ourselves, we felt that there was a lack of support and information available, and so instead of just moaning about it, we decided to do something about it, and hence, 24 Weeks Plus was born.

Our aim is to support everyone affected by a premature birth. We hope every neonatal unit in the UK has one of our literature packs. We would like to help parents to know what they can do to help in the care of their baby and to promote "bonding" with their baby. We would like to offer our services in the form of e-mail communication and please know that if you need some medical jargon explained or if you just feel the need to type all your fears and feelings out there will always be someone available to read your e-mails and to write back to you - if indeed that is what you want. We understand that Doctors and Nurses can sometimes be intimidating because we've "been there, done that" and we understand that sometimes you just want to let off steam, and that's what we're here for.

A neonatal unit, is such an alien world. Days merge into nights and they in turn merge into weeks, and it is something that we are all totally unprepared for. We understand that and that's why we would like to help to make that world a little bit less frightening and a little bit more welcoming.

If you have found us, either by chance, or by spotting a poster in your local neonatal unit, then we hope we can help you.

Welcome to 24 Weeks Plus

We are two ladies who have both experienced a premature birth. Our babies were born at 24 Weeks - plus either two or three days, which is why we called our Charity "24 Weeks Plus" Although our name would suggest we only offer support to parents or families of babies born at 24 Weeks +, this couldn't be further from the truth. We offer support to anyone who is experiencing or has experienced a premature birth regardless of gestation.

We have included our stories for you to read. Please feel free to read them. Our stories are very different and with different outcomes. Please feel free to contact us at anytime via e-mail at: twenty4weeksplus@aol.com or at twentyfourweeksplus@hotmail.com.

You are not alone.

Joanne and Karen x

If you would like to take part in the Hydro Active Womens Challenge in London, Birmingham or Liverpool, on a Sunday in September 2008. Please contact us for entry forms and sponsorship forms.
If you would like to fund raise for us in any other way please feel free to contact us.

Charity Registration Number:- 1102567

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