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Seven kids under 7 years old

On April 3 Esme Moala had Israel, Emmanuel and Eliana. This made the household 7 kids under 7 years of age . . .

St John ambulance officers save baby born at 25 weeks

Bella Torkington wasn't expected to survive when she was born at 25 weeks on a bathroom floor, but some plastic wrap and a sandwich bag helped her defy the odds. Baby Bella is now a picture of health, squawking and sucking her fingers and toes as she sits on mother Rachael Sibley, while dad Kyle Torkington tickles her knee. . . 

New Tumbleform chairs for The Waikato NICU

The Neonatal Trust has donated three Tumbleform chairs to benefit parents going through a neonatal journey in Waikato Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

New micro premmie nappies for New Zealand

Super small, specifically designed Huggies nappies are now available in New Zealand.  These super-small nappies were launched in the United States in February 2017, and are now used by neonatal nurses at Auckland, Middlemore, Waikato, Wellington and Christchurch Hospitals after successful trials.

Postpartum depression and anxiety

Postpartum depression and anxiety: The definitive survival and recovery approach, will be sold in NZ, the UK and the US and will be available for purchase in NZ this month.

Helping parents through a rocky start

I went through NICU with my wee boy Reuben, who’s now five and just started school. At 24 weeks, I went into spontaneous labour — we still have no idea why. It was a big shock and very stressful once he was here, with critical matters of life and death. I knew nothing; I didn’t even know babies survived at that gestation. . .   

Latest findings show Dads high stress levels

 The latest research findings show that on top of worrying about the health implications for their children, men feel additional stress to look after their partner and baby, and keep the household running.

Benefits of 'hands on' parents

A study of 1,786 babies born prematurely in Australia, New Zealand and Canada has shown empowering parents whilst their babies are in a neonatal unit can help improve a childs health.  

 

Born at 23 weeks. A family's story of survival

In March 2013 Sarah and David Blaney were looking forward to meeting their first child, a girl, due in July. But at 23 weeks Sarah went into labour and baby Holly was born weighing just 640g- slightly bigger than a block of butter.
To other parents, the Blaneys say: Take it one day at a time. "You can't get too wound up about things because it's a long road. It's days and weeks and months and you can't freak out every day. You have to pace yourself through it.

Healthy outcome for baby prompts neonatal fundraiser on World Prematurity Day

One of the hardest things about having a prem baby is not being able to give them a cuddle. When Greytown couple Helen and Alistair Haslett's baby Naomi was born eight weeks premature last September, Helen was not able to hold her until a few days after the birth and Alistair had to wait weeks. It was a tough for the whole family seeing Naomi so helpless.
Naomi Haslett was born two months premature over a year ago and now she is inspiring a Neonatal Trust fundraising campaign. . . 

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