Harrogate's Special Care Babies - Day 2


6:46am 7th December 2011
(Updated 7:32am 2nd September 2013)


In our series looking at the stories behind children born early into special care, one Knaresborough youngster has proved his fighting spirit.

The World Health Organisation classifies any baby born less than 37 weeks into pregnancy as 'premature'.

Harrogate District Hospital's Special Care Baby Unit has facilities to cater for children born as early as 32 weeks.

But for little Luke Brearton, his birth, just over 29 weeks in, required a trip to West Yorkshire's Airedale Hospital and a worrying six days for his parents.

Luke's imminent birth came completely out of the blue for parents Belinda and Daniel Brearton.

In fact, they'd been preparing for their upcoming mother and baby classes which had been booked ahead of a planned birth several weeks away.

Belinda was rushed over to Airedale just six days before the birth.

Now six months old, Luke is doing remarkably well, despite doctors' initial concern about the development of his lungs.

Mum Belinda recalls events surrounding the birth



Belinda is a member of the Bliss Support Group, which is set to officially launch in Knaresborough next week.

The Harrogate & Knaresborough Bliss Support Group works jointly with Harrogate’s Special Care Baby Unit, to offer a safe, friendly and approachable environment for parents to come along and share their experiences or just meet other parents and carers who have had a similar experience.

The group meets every second Tuesday of every month from 9.30 to 11.30am at Knaresborough Sure Start Centre.

There is no charge to attend the support group and assistance with travel cost may be possible if you live too far from the centre.

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