The Neonatal Trust was originally established in Wellington in 1986 by two Wellington families with extremely premature babies. We are a registered charity which operates across New Zealand. We are light on paid management but heavy on volunteer commitment and resources.
We provide support to families whose neonatal journey requires level 3 NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) support and care. These NICUs are located in Auckland, Waikato, Wellington, Canterbury and Otago. Outside of these regions we look to provide support in a number of ways.
We have started to create Parent Support Groups based around the level 2 SCBUs (Special Care Baby Units) located in the provincial hospitals around the country, in places such as New Plymouth. These Parent Support Groups are aimed at assisting local families by providing information and support.
The Neonatal Trust works to provide, and coordinate, support to families of neonatal (premature or sick full term) babies as they make their journeys through neonatal intensive care, the transition home, and onwards. There are four Regional Trusts in Auckland, Waikato, Wellington, Canterbury. We provide support to Otago directly through our national trust. Outside of these regions we look to provide support in a number of ways.
We have also started to create Parent Support Groups in the regional cities such as New Plymouth. These are aimed at assisting local families by providing information and support. Our services are at different levels of maturity in different locations. Due to this, the support provided in each region differs. It is our clear goal to enhance the services across the country and provide consistent support.
We do not receive any Government funding and are entirely reliant on the generousity of individuals, companies and organisations in the form of donations, value-in-kind donations, grants, sponsorship and fundraising events to supplement operating costs and fund our services and initiatives.
We know that parents of very premature babies may need to travel to a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). This usually happens suddenly so there is little opportunity for them to prepare for their stay. Often parents who find themselves in this situation have no family or friends nearby, so it can be a lonely experience.
We also understand that some parents have difficulty dealing with the increased financial demands of being away from home and work for long periods of time. The parent support services provided by The Neonatal Trust allow parents some respite from financial and emotional stresses. Wherever we can, we provide assistance by arranging personal support.
Our registered charity numbers are:
- The Neonatal Trust (New Zealand) - CC42886
- The Neonatal Trust (Auckland) - CC43394
- The Neonatal Trust (Waikato) - CC48485
- The Neonatal Trust (Wellington) - CC21979
- The Neonatal Trust (Canterbury) - CC48482