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New study finds Omega-3s can cut risk of premature births

Increased intake of omega-3 fats during pregnancy can reduce the risk of premature birth, new research has found.

Blood donations to help NZ's vulnerable premature babies

Doctors are calling for more blood donations to help New Zealand's most vulnerable premature babies.

A wish for a Hawkes Bay SCBU graduate

Eight years later Xavier is a happy, healthy kid, and Lynch has channelled the traumatic first weeks of his life into a piece of art, a sculpture called I Wish . . .  

Doubly lucky NICU baby

An Invercargill family’s young son is a "miracle baby" twice over — conceived after years of  IVF, before being born prematurely.  The Moses family — mum Kathryn, dad Kereru and their baby, who is yet to be named — received a . . .  

Premature twins defy the odds to celebrate first birthdays

Read all about twins, Grace and Amelia celebrating their first birthday.  They arrived early after contracting twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) — a condition affecting about 10 per cent of identical twins in New Zealand.

World first neonatal research

New Zealand researchers have released the findings of a world-first study on premature babies. Twenty years of data from 1.2 million babies was used in the research, helping parents and doctors make better decisions about how to care for premature babies.

Mischa - 42 weeks + 1 day. Our full term experience

I don’t see our experience in a negative way. Our journey wasn’t what we had planned but was a good reminder that instead of our usual worries about what cot or pram we were going to choose, all that really mattered was how lucky we were to have our baby alive and with us.

Riley - Intrauterine Growth Restricted (IUGR)

Riley’s neonatal journey started on June 8th 2018 when he was born at 34 weeks and 6 days gestation.  Early, due to being intrauterine growth restricted (IUGR) he weighed 1495grams and was 41cm long when born.

The journey of Jack

I learned that everyone’s journey is unique. Although at that moment, I wanted to read a success story of a baby born at 23 weeks, I know our story isn’t any more or less traumatic, unbelievable or miraculous than anyone else’s. Regardless of whether babies are born at 23 weeks or 42 weeks, every single baby is a true miracle and their gestation doesn’t indicate their journey, their outcome or their future. 

Lacey's emergency arrival

"I was so scared going into the neonatal unit that knew I nothing about, where people I had never met were looking after our baby girl. I had no idea what all the cords and tubes were for or what the machine beeping meant. The journey that we had through the NICU was tough and stressful"

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