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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"

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?

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