“Philip and I knew we wanted children together pretty much as soon as we met. It took us 6 months to get pregnant, which is not long, even though to us it felt like forever.
After our first scan, we were told everything looked normal and that we would be seen again for our routine 20-week scan. We had regular growth scans to check on the baby’s progress. At 35 weeks I was admitted to hospital with confirmed preeclampsia.
Philip never once complained about having to travel to and from the hospital each day, bringing anything and everything that I needed. He was always very positive in telling me everything would be okay, which kept me calm. He even made an impact on one of the surgeons when he told her that he did not want my health to be jeopardized just to keep the baby in for longer. She then decided it was time for a c-section.
Our daughter Mia was born on July 27th, 2017, and unexpectedly she had a cleft palate. Feeding her was impossible and she had to have a nasal tube fitted until a specialist nurse could come to train us to feed Mia.
When the nurse arrived I was too poorly to attend. Philip took to his role of being a protective Daddy straight away and learned how to feed Mia for the both of us. Mia was in the special care baby unit where nurses were available to help with Mia’s feeds, but Philip made sure he was there to feed her every three hours!
Not only was he there for me but he was Mia’s parent alone for the first two days of her life until I was well enough to get involved. Mia has now had her palate repaired and is doing well. It is safe to say that their relationship is stronger than ever. Philip is now also a daddy to our Son, Albie.
It is so important that we recognize amazing Dad’s because they can be overlooked when a new baby arrives. Philip we love you are are very grateful for all that you do for us.”
– Danielle Rowland
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