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As Many of you know me and Peter have just welcomed our gorgeous baby girl Penny into the world on the 19th July 2019 after losing a baby late last year It was a dream come true when I fell pregnant with our little girl after a very complicated pregnancy and constant check ups she made it into the world safely on her due date after only being in the world 1 week after a lovely meal out with family a nice bath Penny stopped breathing and we was rushed into hospital after being admitted for the night we was allowed to return home but unfortunately with no answers so as you can imagine to then go to the hospital this week for a routine scan for us then to be told our perfect little baby has been diagnosed with hip Dysplasia it feels like it’s just one thing after another these first few weeks are meant to be the time of enjoying our newborn but instead it’s hospital appointments and harnesses. The past couple of days have been absolutely awful to see our little girl come to terms with the fact she has to be in a harness 24 hours a day for on average about 3 months with hopes that she improves quicker, as a tiny baby she can’t understand why she can’t stretch out her legs like normal nor can she lay on mummy’s chest where she feels the most safe or why her daddy isn’t bathing her every night like normal. Not only has this affected Penny but it has also affected me as a mum majorly as caring for a newborn is hardwork enough anyway but to now having to care for my beautiful baby in a harness that restricts us both so much from close cuddles that every mum deserves to have with their newborn baby, baths together, skin to skin contact and that’s just to name a few not to mention Penny not understanding why she can’t move her legs and getting so frustrated that me and Pete are in tears because there is nothing we can do to help her. Over the past couple of days I have spoken to steps charity and spoke on the forum for advice if it wasn’t for Steps I’m not sure how I would of got through the day as I was given very very little information about hip Dysplasia when Penny’s harness was fitted by the hospital and was in complete shock driving home that I cried myself to sleep (when you can sleep with a newborn in pain) Pete supports me so much but he also struggles to see our baby girl in pain and we need to keep strong for eachother luckily steps charity have been there to help me keep strong for Pete like he keeps strong for me so in return me and Pete would like to do a Sky Dive to raise money to keep this amazing charity going please sponsor us and even come and watch us.
Thank you for taking time to read our story I have posted more about both Steps Charity and Hip Dysplasia below.Steps is the national charity working for all those whose lives are affected by childhood lower limb conditions.
Every week, dozens of families turn to Steps for information, guidance and support.
- This might be following ante-natal diagnosis of a serious leg condition at the 20 week scan;
- It might be in the early weeks or months of a child’s life, when a significant problem has been identified;
- It could be during treatment, when nothing seems to be going right;
- Or it might be in the years after apparently successful treatment, when further complications have arisen.
For many families, this is the toughest and most emotional time they will ever face.
Whatever the lower limb condition, whatever the stage of life and whatever the reason, Steps is here for those families.
Developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) is a condition where the "ball and socket" joint of the hip does not properly form in babies and young children.
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