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Call for research participants

We are seeking participants in a research project regarding the continuation of care and parental experience of complex premature babies - during their transition from NICU to home.  Details are . . .

A Christchurch night out for Neonatal

On January 10 2018, my sister in law Shannon had a routine midwife appointment which luckily my brother Daniel was home for due to his work being rained off. At this appointment the midwife raised serious concerns for Shannons wellbeing and the possibility she was suffering from preeclampsia. Shannon was rushed to hospital . . .

Research update on NIMO-Rad

During their stay in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) premature babies can receive as many as ten blood transfusions for a common condition called ‘anaemia of prematurity’.  In November 2017 a team of doctors, nurses and researchers in Wellington NICU set up a clinical trial called 'NIMO-Rad' to ask an important question: Can we improve the effectiveness of blood transfusion for premature babies by changing the way blood products are prepared and stored?

Our story - 12 years on

We noticed that there were other babies in the same room, except they were tiny. Our "wee" boy looked huge!  The nurses advised that they did not have any nappies that would fit him, or hats or booties. Man did we feel like we were in the wrong place! 

Activity across New Zealand in November

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

Baby Sensory to support The Neonatal Trust

The Neonatal Trust is proud to be supported by Baby Sensory  To provide support to The Neonatal Trust, Baby Sensory are planning on running a 'Senseathon' fundraiser in 2019.  Watch this space for more details, but for now we can share:

  • The Senseathon will be a fun, themed event run by Baby Sensory.  Parents and their babies/toddlers will . . .    

Neonatal November 2018

In 2017 we 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 'non-premature' 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.  

Activity across New Zealand in October

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

Simulators enable enhanced training in Waikato NICU

'Premature Anne' training simulator manikins were donated to Waikato Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) to provide realistic training experiences for medical professionals who work with these tiny babies. 

Harrison 21 years later

I learnt not to expect or compare his journey to that of any other full-term baby. He did everything in his own time.


Thank you to The Neonatal Trust's Partners