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New research to help identify best way to feed premature babies for development

Brain scans will check how feeding affects the development of premature babies as part of a study at four Auckland hospitals. 

Heart attack survivor wakes, says 'I love you'

Kate Meldrum gave birth to her daughter Ruby on 6 May at just 26 weeks gestation. . .   

Dad of premature son encourages research to help others

Franky Wang never expected his son Jeremy, to be worn at 29 weeks and five days gestation.   Jeremy spent the first eight weeks of his life in intensive care, now the Hobsonville resident is sharin

Mum of premature baby has heart attack

A young mum who recently gave birth to her premature daughter is now fighting for her life after suffering a heart attack while visiting her baby in hospital. Kate Meldrum (29) gave birth to Ruby on May 6 after 26 weeks, five days gestation, she weighed just 530 grams. . . 

Hospitals struggle with shortage of neonatal beds

Kiwi parents are struggling as "emotionally, financially and physically" as hospitals neonatal beds are pushed beyond capacity.

Study finds delay in cord snipping helps prem babies

An eight year international study has shown an extra minute attached to mum allowed more blood to be pumped from the placenta which helped maintain healthy oxygen levels and therefore increased their chance of survival by 30 percent.

Govt agrees to payment for widower raising baby

A widower, with a premature baby, who was unable to receive paid parental leave after his wife died in childbirth will be compensated by the Government.

​Rescue chopper helps with birth of premature twins

The Rotorua-based BayTrust Rescue Helicopter has been essential in getting specialist help to a woman in premature labour with twins.

Treatment breakthrough for babies with chronic lung disease

Up to 60 per cent of pre-term babies develop bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) but an exciting discovery could help save them from a lifetime of health concerns. 

Caring for earlier babies

A working group consisting of neonatal specialists, obstectricians, midwives, and patients are considering lowering the age from 24 weeks to 23 weeks (as a consistent rule for all neonatal units).

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