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World Prematurity Day: Entering the world at 34 weeks

This World Prematurity Day is an extra special one for Merae Atkin and Chris Mannes.

The husband and wife proudly welcomed twins Charli and Cooper into the world on 8 November, who were born at 34 weeks and 2 days.

“Having twins is amazing,” says Merae. “It has been beautiful being able to cuddle them both at once.”

The proud parents say Charli and Cooper are doing well under the care of our Special Care Nursery (SCN), which has cared for over 1100 babies born prematurely over the past five years.

“The SCN staff are just beautiful,” says Merae. “They are such a lovely and supportive bunch of people.” Chris adds: “They have taken a lot of stress away. The staff and the whole setup at the SCN have been awesome.”

World Prematurity Day is celebrated to raise awareness of the challenges of preterm birth across the world.

With the twins just over a week old, Merae and Chris are excited to soon introduce them to their eldest son, Xavier (6), as the young family becomes five.