A LOCAL mother has spoken out about the vital help she has received from TinyLife after giving birth to premature triplets.
At 33 weeks, Grainne Kerr welcomed three beautiful babies into the world – identical twin girls called Grace and Anna, and a little boy called Daniel.
Within just days of their birth, Grainne met her TinyLife volunteer, Nuala McKenna who instantly bonded with the young trio who were small, but healthy.
As the babies were born prematurely, they spent the first two weeks of their lives in the neo-natal unit before heading home where they were looked after by their mother, and Nuala.
“To be told that I was to have triplets was a mind-blowing experience that brought a rush of emotions,” Grainne, who also has a four-year-old son, explained.
“How will I get to spend time with my son, how will I raise three babies, will I get them all here safely?
“Panic set in; grief for the life that I had… Guilt for feeling this way, excitement and even fear.
“But knew from my initial introduction with Nuala that I had met a remarkable lady,” she added.
“She has bonded with my adorable children, and has watched them grow and develop.
“Nuala has gone through the stages of feeding my tiny helpless babies on a schedule, to assisting in the messy feeding of one-year-olds learning to feed themselves.”
Presently, Nuala comes to visit the triplets (who are now 16-months-old) and their mum twice a week and offers her time generously.
“With injections, sickness and teething, every parent knows these times are difficult, and parenthood can be hard.
“But having Nuala has given me the opportunity to spend one-on-one time with each child individually. She has helped comfort them when they all want into my arms at once.”
Pleading for local people to volunteer their services to the neo-natal charity, Grainne concluded, “Although triplets might seem daunting, I manage well thanks to my TinyLife volunteer, Nuala and my amazing, caring family.
“Nuala has been there for the highs and the lows in this very busy house, and for this my husband and I will be eternally grateful.
“Please, if you have any time to give, consider helping another family manage and enjoy their family experience.
“Tiny Life are crying out for volunteers to help parents like us in need.”
If you would like to find out more about volunteering with TinyLife, please contact Sam Brush, Volunteer Coordinator, 028 9081 5050 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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