Mum groups: meet Small and Mighty Babies

Lala Langtry White is passionate about supporting mothers, but there’s one particular cause that’s close to her heart

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Small and mighty Babies supports the families of children who are born a little too soon. Created for mums who are expecting a premature birth or have a high-risk pregnancy, the group was founded in 2013 by Joanne Hanson-Halliwell following the birth of her son at 30 weeks after a placental abruption.

“I came on board in 2015, when I was pregnant with my twins. I was having problems with Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome. I knew my babies would be born prematurely. I just didn’t know how early and every day was a mixture of relief and anxiety,” says Lala Langtry White, pregnancy, birth and parenting support worker at Small and Mighty Babies and The Different Doula.

“Even having had two children previously and ‘preparing’ for my babies to be in the NICU, I was floored by the emotional rollercoaster that is NICU parent life,” she adds.

Feeling like they could only speak to other mums who’d been through the same experience, Langtry and Hanson decided to offer two different perspectives on premature birth, from day one, to UAE mothers.

“Today, I’m extremely proud to help run both Small and Mighty and TwinsPlus Arabia – our burgeoning multiple pregnancy and parenthood community alongside some inspirational women,” says Langtry.

“I strive to continuously add more ways to offer individualised support to families with special circumstances like mine. I’m a licensed and certified birth doula, voluntary bereavement doula, hypnobirthing and antenatal educator, and recently wrote (and teach) a course, Mighty Multiples, specific to multiple pregnancy and parenthood,” she adds.

Small and Mighty started out, and maintains, its original tagline “Babies Born a Little Too Soon”, but now includes families whose babies were full term, but needed NICU support for whatever reason. Plus, those tragically born too sick or too soon to come home.

“We introduced memory boxes to the region in 2017 to promote increased awareness, recognition and support for families who face the devastation of pregnancy or infant loss,” says Langtry.

“We’re in the process of introducing a memory box to specifically recognise and support the heartache of miscarriage. We’re also growing our community crochet projects and annual World Pregnancy and Infant Loss Commemoration and World Prematurity Day events,” she explains.

Langtry hosts free weekly support mornings  for mums-to-be and new mums who feel isolated. Also, mothers who are experiencing a start to parenthood which has been characterised by special circumstances such as premature birth, twins or triplets, fertility problems, breastfeeding struggles or post-natal depression.

“When you’re away from friends and family, these groups can be your lifeline to others who are in a similar situation, and understand a little of what you might be going through as a mum,” says Langtry.

“My biggest piece of advice to any new mother is to seek support rather than wait for it to come.”
For more on Small and Mighty babies and Langtry, visit smallandmightybabies.com.

WHAT IS IT...
A group for families of premature babies

WHY JOIN...
Mums get to meet others who have been through similar experiences, and can find support

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