The Beginning

Prematurity is much more common than you’d imagine, but it’s so hard to find honest and open discussion about how it really feels when your baby is born too early. And so it was a particular honour to talk to singer-songwriter Sophie Ellis-Bextor, whose first two children were both premature. She and I talked about what happens when your birth story doesn’t unfold the way you’d imagined, what it’s like to go back into neonatal intensive care with a second baby, and all sorts of really vital and pressing issues, like whether she celebrates their due dates as well as their birthdays. Despite sepsis, a collapsed lung, and a norovirus scare, Sophie's boys are sixteen and eleven now, strapping boys who have come a long way since their days in NICU – and she’s had three more boys since then, too. 


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