A MUM who has experienced two premature births in just three years has thanked dedicated NHS staff on World Prematurity Day yesterday.

Victoria Goodall gave birth to baby Islay in the midst of the global coronavirus pandemic in May this year at just 34 weeks.

Just three years previously, Victoria gave birth to twins Emilia and Elliot who arrived 13 weeks early.

The tots spent 107 days being cared for by the dedicated staff at the Princess Royal Maternity Hospital.

All three children are now thriving with the three year old twins Emelia and Elliot doing well at nursery. Emelia is also recovering after heart surgery in January.

Victoria said: “Once again, the staff were amazing. While I was scared, having another premature baby and this time in a World pandemic, I knew I was in great hands. When Emelia and Elliot were born we spent four months in the unit and since then we have stayed in touch.

“They were all so aware of our situation and again, we received exceptional care. They kept me calm and I just knew everything would be ok. Islay is doing really well, gaining weight and growing stronger every day.

Victoria has also benefitted from the psychological support she and her husband Ben have been given from the Princess Royal staff, including Dr Alison Robertson.

Victoria added: “Throughout my pregnancy, and after delivery the perinatal psychology team have been such a great support. I was anxious about having another premature baby and they were always there for me.

“World Prematurity Day is so important and we need to give thanks for all the amazing care we and our babies have had. I can’t thank the skilled staff at the PRM enough – and I remember how special they are every time I look at my beautiful children.”