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Family gives back by donating 68 jumpsuits

A family who credit their baby's life to the Special Care Baby Unit at Whangarei has showed their gratitude by donating 68 jumpsuits for premature babies at the unit.

Neonatal nurse and baby reconnect after 28 years

A wonderful story of a neonatal nurse reconnecting with a baby she cared for 28 weeks earlier!  Twenty-eight years ago, neonatal intensive care nurse Vilma Wong cared for a premature baby, Brandon Seminatore, who weighed only 2 lbs., and 6 oz.

Chelsea - Our little miracle

After 4 years and 3 rounds of IVF we were lucky to finally get pregnant.  I had a very eventful pregnancy with multiple stays in hospital for hyperemesis gravidarum.

Activity across New Zealand in September

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

Behind the scenes, Fathers Day packs

On Sunday 2nd September, we delivered hundreds of 'Pick-me-up' packs to neonatal dads on Father's Day.  The delivery of these packs provides a good case study into many of our support activities - many of which benefit from the philosophy 'Many hands make light work'.  

Father's Day 2018

Father's day is a special day for many.  For hundreds of families on Sunday 2nd September, their memories will be different to most . . .       There are over 360 incubators and cots in neonatal units across New Zealand. While the unit is the best place for the care of their baby (or babies, in the case of multiples) they would love to be home on Fathers day. We have organised a pick-me-up package to each and every family with a baby in a neonatal unit to brighten their day.

Jason's unexpected beginning

Every parent hopes for a smooth entrance into this world for their little ones and while most get that dream, I'm so glad we have such a wonderful unit filled with amazing people to give help when our little ones need it.

Harrison's love for water helps overcome challenges

Harrison and his dad David, go swimming every Wednesday and Harrison loves to splish and splash and dunk under the water.  Water Babies have been awesome and it's been really great for his confidence.   We really feel like his strength and co-ordination have come a long way since beginning these classes.

Eliza - A full term journey

"We were in shock. Sickness hadn’t even been on our radar and we had never even considered that we’d be admitted to NICU. Eliza was full term—even more than full term—and we thought only premature babies were treated in NICU"

Researcher finds gut bacteria behaves differently in those born premature

Researchers from Auckland University have found that bacteria behaved differently in children who were born at fewer than 32 weeks.

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