World Prematurity Day and book launch!

Published 17th November 2020

World Prematurity Day and book launch!

Today, to acknowledge World Prematurity Day, a children’s book written by a 4 year old girl goes on sale to help families of premature and sick babies as they navigate through one of the most intense and disorienting periods in their life. Penned by Londoner, Alina Brett, “My Very Little Sister and the Very Big Story” was written after trying to make sense of her sister Anela’s very premature arrival in June 2019. Alina has written the book from her perspective, with the support of her parents Amy and Alex, as she came to terms with the effects of coping with a little sister on a neonatal unit. Alina’s hope is that it will reassure siblings and families going through similar experiences that they are not alone, and to help them cope and make sense of their feelings. Author, Alina Brett said: “I feel very proud of myself for writing this book because it was really hard to do, especially when the sad bits came. Now we’ve got our happy life back again, I hope to sell the book to loads of people to raise money to help other families who have babies early. I also want to raise some money to pay for toys for siblings to play with when they’re visiting their baby brothers and sisters in hospital.”
Priced at £5.99, the book is available from Alina’s family website, Brett Books, and all profit will go to The Early Birth Association, we as a charity helped support the Brett family whilst Anela was in neonatal care at the Trevor Mann Baby Unit (TMBU) at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton. We (The EBA) will provide copies of the book to siblings on both units we support; TMBU and the Special Care Baby Unit at the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath. To find out more about The Brett family and to buy Alina’s book, please visit:

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