tough bubba is the serialised story of Finn, our son born too soon, too small and too sick.

It is a stark, vivid and true first hand depiction of the significant medical hurdles of a baby born extremely prematurely and the ceaseless distress and trauma experienced by his family. I aim to raise awareness of the reality of life for families embarking on this perilous journey of uncertainty and high levels of medical intervention following extremely premature birth.

When it happened to us I found that there was a huge gap in general knowledge regarding prematurity and the resultant complications; it is so little known and understood despite the fact that globally more than 1 in 10 pregnancies will end in  premature birth. Writing is a cathartic process. Through it I have aimed to reflect the tumult of the first lonely days where we spent five months in and out of intensive and high dependency care across 4 different London hospitals. To today, where almost three years on we continue to fight some medical battles but now Finn has started preschool, he is thriving and we can look towards the future with a sense of excitement we never knew would be possible and in doing so, inspire hope in those that might be going through something similar themselves.


Please do email me at harrietalexandra@icloud.com. My instagram @hatalexandra is also linked on the blog and you can see how fabulously Finn is doing today.