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Premuture baby in over croweded house

chaulchaul Member Posts: 1 Listener

I hope someone can give me some advice.  

I live in a overcrowded 2bedroom flat with my husband, my 4year old son , my mother in law and my sister in law (sofa surfing). 

Bedroom 1 decent size : mother in law
Bedroom 2 smaller boxed room : Me, my husband and my 4year old son 
Living room : sister in law safa surfing (on and off)

Two weeks ago I gave birth to my second son which is born premuture due to my high blood pressure and preclumsia.  My son is still in the care of Neonatal as his having feeding difficulties and recently found a little hole in his heart. 

Am suffering postnatal depression and anxiety which I still haven't seeked medical help for. I am constantly worry about our overcrowded living conditions and how will I now manage in a boxed room with a premuture baby, a very active child and 2 adults.  We dont evan have a decent space close to my bed to place the moses basket. 

We are on the bidding list with tower hamlets but could be a very long time for them to offer us a decent council house . 

My question is : where do I stand in terms of making a special request to the council for them to consider our living condition with a premuture baby as a priority and who can I seek help from?


  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi and welcome,

    Congratulations on the birth of your baby. I'm sorry to hear of these difficulties you're experiencing. I'd advise you to give shelter a ring and they will be able to advise you further. https://www.shelter.org.uk/

    Proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice I have given to members here on the community.
  • janer1967janer1967 Member Posts: 11,085 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @chaul Welcome t the community glad you have joined us

    Congratulations in your new arrival 

    Would it not be possible to swap rooms with your mother in law until you find a more suitable place, I am sure she would understand you need the space. I would also speak to your sister in law and explain due t the new circumstances you cant let her sofa surf at present

    I know they wont be easy conversations but surely they can understand your situation after all you have been kind enough to put them up

    You could ring youer local housing office to see if there is anything they can do, Or could you private rent
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