Phoebe’s NICU Journey

Phoebe’s NICU Journey

As told by Mum, Kirsty. I’ll never forget the words “you’re going to have this baby in the next 48 hours, but probably tonight”  It had all been trucking along nicely; easy conception, no morning sickness and barely any weight gain. A pretty smooth pregnancy. The...
Make a Mothers’ Day!

Make a Mothers’ Day!

Host a ‘High Tea’ in support of Neonatal Families Each year over 5,000 babies across New Zealand will need to spend time in an intensive care unit which may be due to being born as early as 23 weeks gestation or full-term with a medical condition. This...
Meals where they’re needed most

Meals where they’re needed most

Warm meals are making a difference for often tired and stressed-out parents of babies in the Waikato Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Bellyful Hamilton volunteers have begun delivering stocks of frozen meals to the Waikato NICU. The Neonatal Trust has purchased...
Born into a nutritional emergency

Born into a nutritional emergency

New research shows some preterm babies in New Zealand hospitals have ‘refeeding syndrome’. Dr Barbara Cormack takes a close look at the problem. When you’re starving, eating can be fatal. ‘Refeeding syndrome’ was described after World War II,...