A mum of two premature boys, has made it to the finals of this year’s UK Blog Awards, after years of feeling ‘isolated’.
Catriona Ogilvy, 36, from Norbury, started the blog ‘The Smallest Things’ four year ago, which has over 10,000 hits a month.
Catriona, an Occupational Therapist said she feels overwhelmed to have been nominated: “I don’t class myself as a blogger. The blog has become a much larger campaign, raising awareness of life after neonatal care for premature babies.”
The blog, which aims to raise awareness of premature birth and the needs of families following intensive care, is nominated in the parenting category.
Her son Samuel, 5, was born ten weeks early and was cared for at Kings College Hospital and Jack, 3, was born six weeks early at Croydon University hospital.
The finalist said: “A lot of things that had happened because he was premature were still with me.
I had flashbacks of being in hospital and I didn’t talk about it to my family or friends so I didn’t feel supported but that’s because people didn’t know what had gone on.
I felt isolated.
People think that it’s behind you because you’re home from the hospital but when you get home the trauma comes back.”
Having spent time working on a large neonatal unit, the first-time-nominee, said: “I thought I knew everything about premature birth, unless you’re there you have no reason to come across that world, that very medical world.”
Last year, Catriona was named Best Campaigner in the Mumsnet blogging awards.
The UK Blog Awards provides a digital outreach platform that connects blogs with brands.
The blogs are judged in their specific categories, first by using a public vote, they are then presented to a panel of judges where they are judged on design, style, content, marketing and usability.
The Smallest Things, was registered as a charity last month.
The awards ceremony is taking place this Friday ( April 21) at the Park Plaza Hotel in London.
To read her blog go to: www.thesmallestthings.org