Support

BIBS funds a professional Family Support Practitioner that runs drop-in sessions three times a week. We also operate a Parent Support evening once a week run by volunteer former Buscot parents.

Facilities

BIBS manages and refurbishes parent and family facilities on the ward such as a family lounge and overnight accomodation.

Awareness

BIBS aims to raise awareness of the issues faced by parents and babies on the unit. We work with the hospital and other organisations to make this most stressful of journeys as smooth as possible.

Equipment

BIBS fundraises to help supply the latest technology and equipment that will aid in the care and development of babies on Buscot Ward.

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17th November marks World Prematurity Day and here at BIBS we thought what better way to mark this awareness day than to #bakeforbibs 👨‍🍳 or #wearpurpleforbibs 🙋

Why not arrange that get together with friends and family or have a bake off in your workplace where you can all enjoy some delicious cakes during November? Or organise with colleagues to all wear something purple for the day! While helping to raise vital funds for the Buscot Ward and enabling BIBS to save tiny lives.

Please comment below if you are interested to find out more!

One in ten babies are born prematurely. Help us spread the awareness.
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Not everyone realises that many Buscot babies are born full-term, but poorly. Today, in the third of our series of stories about the work of Catherine, the BIBS funded Family Support Practitioner, we’d like to introduce you to little Thomas and his mummy, Nicola. Catherine was there to support this family through the heart-breaking experience of having a term, but extremely poorly baby.
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Thomas was born at home following a happy pregnancy. Problems during labour however meant Thomas was deprived of oxygen. He was rushed to the RBH where Nicola and her husband received the devastating news that he wasn’t expected to survive. The medical team worked tirelessly and managed to stabilise him. Sadly, Thomas had developed a condition called Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE), brain damage resulting from oxygen deprivation. He was transferred that day to the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford to receive cooling treatment. Nicola tells us: “Everything happened so fast. I didn’t have time to think. I just lived hour-to-hour and got through each day. After a week in Oxford, we came back to Buscot for four weeks. To start with it was touch and go. I felt very lonely in those early days as I came to terms with what had happened.”

When Thomas moved out of intensive care and moved through the other Buscot Ward nurseries, Nicola started to believe that she would take her baby home eventually. “I got involved with his daily care and met other parents. It helped to talk to them, but I struggled to find hope. It felt quite different and unusual having a sick but term baby. I wondered how I would cope with his long-term brain damage and other disabilities.”

It was then that Nicola reached out to Catherine: “It was lovely to have someone to talk to who was so positive and asked after the whole family, rather than just focussing on Thomas and his medical needs. I really looked forward to her visits and her warm, nurturing presence. I felt able to discuss anything with her – my emotions and my concerns for the future once the reality of the situation had sunk in. I’m so grateful to have had that support when I needed it most.”

Two years later, life is different to how Nicola imagined, but as she says: “there is still much joy to be had and we do our best to find it every day as a family. Thomas has cerebral palsy, is tube fed and has visual impairment, but I’m so grateful that he is here, and for the care he received on Buscot. He is such a happy little boy who takes great delight in everything he accomplishes. He and his big brother Harrison adore one another. They have a wonderful relationship.”

“I hope my story can help other families find hope if they find themselves in a similar situation to me. You are not alone and talking to other parents and the BIBS Family Support Practitioner really helps.”
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If you were also supported by Catherine and would like to share your story, please get in touch. We’d love to hear from you.
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We are thrilled to reveal our chosen 2018 London Marathon runner for the world's biggest fundraising event is........Rachel Godliman!

Rachel's eldest, Alex, spent 6 weeks on Buscot ward after being born at 30 weeks. Rachel and her family know all too well what life is like with having a long stay on Buscot. From those worrying early days, Alex is now 11 years old and doing great, a big brother to Libby and he started secondary school in September.

An awe-inspiring aspect of Rachel's story is that just eight months ago, Rachel underwent a major five hour operation on her neck following an injury to spinal discs that caused muscle wastage. However it didn't hold her back long, and Rachel was back in her running shoes by May!

We think she is super-woman personified! If you agree, and would like to show your support for Rachel please do like, share and comment below.

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