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One Percent Collective turns 5

Our great friends at One Percent Collective have just hit a great milestone, having now generated over $500,000 for its Partner Charities!  The Neonatal Trust is privileged to be supported by One Percent Collective. Learn more about them by:

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Healthy outcome for baby prompts neonatal fundraiser on World Prematurity Day

One of the hardest things about having a prem baby is not being able to give them a cuddle. When Greytown couple Helen and Alistair Haslett's baby Naomi was born eight weeks premature last September, Helen was not able to hold her until a few days after the birth and Alistair had to wait weeks. It was a tough for the whole family seeing Naomi so helpless.
Naomi Haslett was born two months premature over a year ago and now she is inspiring a Neonatal Trust fundraising campaign. . . 

World Prematurity Day 2017

On World Prematurity Day, we would like to express our sincere thanks to all #nurses, #doctors and #support-staff for taking #respectful care of our preterm babies. Thank you for your dedication!

#WorldPrematurityDay     #letthemthrive

Sharing a beautiful song

What you don't know, by Ryan Edwards

Neonatal journeys are often full of emotion. Whether the baby is early, or comes full-term with complications or health issues, parents are thrown into stressful situations a long way from what they had expected for the arrival of their precious new baby.  The beautiful song 'What you don't know' was written and sung by Ryan Edwards. Ryan wrote the song having known a family who had experienced a Neonatal journey, taking the perspective of a father when he is unable to get near his newborn child.

World's 'most premature baby' ever survives against all odds

The most premature baby ever born is defying doctors' expectations with her incredibly strong health three years on, according to a new medical report on the unprecedented case.   
. . . against all odds, the little girl who weighed just 0.425 kgs at birth is thriving, attending pre-school, has no medical conditions, and is scoring just as well on developmental tests as any other child her age.

"If you didn't know that she was so preemie, you would think she's a normal three-year-old," Stensrud told CNN.

Donated Fly Buys rewards points to keep more bubs warm

A new charity initiative 'Points for Purpose' is helping make life easier for families of premature babies, such as three-month old Tiare O'Sullivan-Heemi. 
Born 14 weeks early on July 21 and weighing just  985 grams, Tiare was just bigger than her mother's hand. Mum Brittany Hepi said the days after Tiare's birth were mixed with happiness and anxiety after her baby was whisked away to an incubator.

Parental involvement in the enhancement of neonatal care

We are currently contributing to a neonatal care working group. The objectives of this are to:

 * better understand the information given to parents of very early babies, and what was of most value
 * identify any improvement opportunites
 * ensure consistency of approach and messaging across all New Zealand neonatal units

To assist this particular working group, we are looking for parents of babies born 23 to 26 weeks gestation to complete a short survey. . . 

Introducing Neonatal November

For a number of years we've celebrated and supported World Prematurity Day (November 17).  However, we've been super conscious that there are many other neonatal journeys each year, ie the full-term babies with health issues and/or complications.  All babies needing an extra hand are cared for by the caring, patient and kind staff in the Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) and Special Care Baby Units (SCBUs). 

Thanks Jetstar

We are privileged to have the support of Jetstar who are helping us to deliver Support packs to families going through the stress and anxiety of a neonatal journey. In a very stressful time, receiving a Support pack to help as you enter the foreign world of the neonatal unit is invaluable. The Neonatal Trust also provides support documents written by parents, for parents. Purposely short and simple . . .

Supporter profiles, Dave Drury and Ryan Edwards

A consistent theme we encounter in our work is the very special people who look to support others. From those who give their time and support to the care of neonatal babies, the families themselves who go above and beyond for others, and the social profit space in general. We're keen to highlight some of these wonderful people with a regular interview piece. Learn more about the generous Dave Drury and Ryan Edwards of Points for Purpose - who are supporting The Neonatal Trust.


Thank you to The Neonatal Trust's Partners