AUCKLAND

Mums Morning Tea 

EVERY Tuesday at 10.30am in the Mums room in NICU.  Come and along to chat with one of our Lactation Consultants and other NICU Mums as well as enjoy some home baking provided by one of our ex-NICU Mums.

The Neonatal Trust Developmental Playgroup
We’re having a great year this year with record numbers at the group! Kathryn and Janet would love to see any ex-NICU/SCBU families and babies for our fortnightly playgroup at the Parenting Place, Greenlane which is easily accessible from all parts of Auckland.  In October we’ll be running the groups on and 3rd, 17th and 31st from 10am til 11.30am.  There’s no need to worry about being on time or staying for the whole time, feel free to come and go as works for you and your baby. Please note we will need you to bring proof your immunity status for MMR and that of any older children you have at home.
 
Coffee Confidential 
Come along to our free, facilitated coffee group on Friday 8 November where Jen, Mum to ex-24 weeker, will be there to shout you coffee and chat with you about your NICU experience both in the hospital and now you’re home.  12.30-2pm at The Parenting Place, Greenlane.
 
WAIKATO
Neonatal November at New World

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Keep your eyes peeled for our Neonatal Trust incubator collection box this Neonatal November at your local Hamilton New World!
A big shout out to New World Rototuna, Te Rapa and Glenview for hosting the incubator this month as we acknowledge the difficult journey neonatal families travel and thank the amazing professionals in our NICU’s for taking  care of our most vulnerable babies.
We can’t do what we do without the generous help of caring Kiwi’s, so if you can, please make a donation when you see one of our incubators. Your small change adds up to make a big difference!
 
It’s Waikato A&P Show Time!
It is that time of year again. The annual Waikato A&P Show is being held for the 127th  time at Claudelands Event Centre from 1 to 3 November.
The Neonatal Trust are thrilled to be a part of the home industries display where you can see our display incubator and also admire some of the amazing wool creations by local knitters. We are enormously grateful to all of the amazing crafters who make and donate wool hats, singlets, cardigans and blankets for our preemies!
Come and say hi to the local Creative Fibre groups, and admire the photo competition at the same time.
Gates are open from 9am to 4pm daily!
 
HAWKES BAY
We are proud to announce a brand new Developmental Support group for those in the Hawkes Bay Region.! We’ve teamed up with Elen Nathan, an Occupational Therapist at The Playful Place.   With her help, we’re now able to provide assistance to more families on a neonatal journey.  
 
This new developmental group is FREE and open to all premature and high-risk babies in who have been through a NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) or SCBU (Special Care Baby Unit) and will provide a very valuable service for parents to get crucial free 

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developmental assistance and advice for their babies.

 
Contact:
Elen Nathan
The Playful Place
021 0206 1360
 
Playgroup Venue:
First Friday of every month during term time 9.30am – 10.30am 
The Playful Place
6 Ossian St
Port Ahuriri
Napier
Note: Bookings are essential as limited places available
 
WELLINGTON
NICU Parent’s Evening
Exploring the NICU Journey – we invite all current and graduate neonatal parents and their friends and family to a special evening on:
Monday 4th November – 7.00 p.m. – 8.30 p.m.
(doors open at 6.30 p.m.), Tiakiwai Conference Centre, National Library, 70 Molesworth Street, Thorndon, Wellington.
 
When baby spends their first hours, days or months, of their lives in NICU we know you’ve stepped into a brand new and unexpected world and we know the journey has not been easy. This is a unique opportunity for parents, friends and whanau who have been part of the NICU Journey to hear two inspirational speakers, who will share the history of the Wellington Neonatal Unit and offer insights into the impact of your journey plus practical strategies to help manage life after NICU.
 
Speaker: Dr Vaughan Richardson
The Wellington Neonatal Unit Journey So Far
 
Speaker: Dr Mark Huthwaite
Life After NICU – Getting to Grips With the Unexpected
 
Cost $15 per person which includes a beverage and canapes on arrival. From more information and to register please go to the following link:
 
NICU Coffee/Play Group – last one for 2019
Wednesday 6th November 10.00 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. at the Southern Cross Cafe and Garden Bar, Abel Smith Street, Wellington CBD.  We invite all our NICU Graduate families to join us for a coffee/muffin and chat. Please just purchase your own coffee at the counter and we will provide a platter of muffins and scones.  This will be the last one in 2019 so please make sure you come along.
 
More Volunteers Needed please on Friday 15th November
Wellington Airport has very kindly offered us the opportunity of a collection day for The Neonatal Trust Wellington inside their airport terminal from 7.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.  We are hoping to get enough collectors to allow for 2 hour shifts.  Free airport parking will be provided for all collectors on the day.  If you and your workmates (using a volunteer day), friends or family are available we would love to hear from you asap.  Please call Tasia or Raewyn Ph (04) 806-0790 or email office@neonataltrust.org.nz
 
SCBU Coffee/Play Group – last one for 2019
Friday 15th November from 10.00 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. at Columbus Cafe inside Upper Hutt Mitre 10.  We invite all our SCBU Graduate families to join us for a coffee/muffin and chat.  Please make the effort to come along as the last two months our Neonatal Trust Volunteer (a NICU Graduate Mum) who kindly provides her time to run this event, has had nobody attend so we will have to review whether to continue this in 2020 if we don’t get a better response this time.