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Premature babies born in NZ have a better chance to survive & thrive

In the first research of its kind, researchers are using Statistics NZ's integrated data to understand more about the lives of New Zealand's premature babies. 

New study finds Omega-3s can cut risk of premature births

Increased intake of omega-3 fats during pregnancy can reduce the risk of premature birth, new research has found.

Blood donations to help NZ's vulnerable premature babies

Doctors are calling for more blood donations to help New Zealand's most vulnerable premature babies.

A wish for a Hawkes Bay SCBU graduate

Eight years later Xavier is a happy, healthy kid, and Lynch has channelled the traumatic first weeks of his life into a piece of art, a sculpture called I Wish . . .  

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.

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.

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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