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From then to now

I suppose the journey to motherhood was as far from what I had planned or imagined as possible. I never imagined I would be racing down the corridor about to give birth at 27 weeks 5 days via emergency caesarean. I never imagined that I could possibly be going through this when I visited the intensive care unit a few days prior when the labour started and the IV steroids were give

Women of Influence supreme winner Jane Harding

Celebrated medical professor Jane Harding was named the supreme winner at the 2019 Women of Influence Awards, for her contribution to neonatal hypoglycaemia research.

Valerie Adams discusses her fears

Adams' doctors at Auckland City Hospital admitted Kepaleli to the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU), where he would spend the first week of his life in an incubator.

"It felt kind of wrong," Adams said. "You're meant to have your baby with you... Not miles away in another area."

Happy Social Play - New support resource

Working with Baby Sensory, we're pleased to announce a new support resource Happy Social Play. Happy social play has an essential role in building self-esteem, confidence, creativity, imagination, language, problem solving skills and knowledge of the world

Neonatal November 2019

In 2017 we softly launched 'Neonatal November'.  One of the key drivers for this was to have a wider period of time to raise awarness of neonatal journeys. 

In addition, we were conscious that there are many full-term neonatal journeys each year (ie the full-term babies with health issues and/or complications) and we wanted to widen beyond World Prematurity Day on November 17th.  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). 

A Fathers Day pick me up!

Fathers day is a special day for many.  For hundreds of families on Sunday 1st September 2019, their memories will be different to most.   

Giving 1 percent

One Percent Collective Founder, Pat Shepard was recently interviewed by Stuff in regards to New Zealand's philanthropic culture "We go with the ethos that everyone should be doing something to make this a better place," he says.


Ava's birth story - 34wks

I am writing Ava’s story on this, her 9th birthday. It’s hard to believe it was 9 years ago that our little girl came into the world at 34 weeks and 2 days weighing 2100g.

Activity across New Zealand in September 2019

There's a range of activity happening in our regions in August. We've pulled this together into one page as an overall update. . .


Thank you to The Neonatal Trust's Partners