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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.

Dr Max Berry secures funding for therapy to help prevent disorders in preterm babies

A University of Otago researcher has received funding from the Neurological Foundation of New Zealand to investigate a new therapy which could potentially prevent disorders developing in children born prematurely.

6 year old gives baby brother Kangaroo cuddles

We LOVE, and advocate strongly for, kangaroo cuddles. . .      check out this great story of a 6yo doing skin-to-skin cuddles with his premature baby brother (includes some beautiful photos).

From cerebral palsy to one of golfs Major tournaments

Neonatal babies are over-represented with cerebral palsy (vs the general population). The brains neural pathways form at different stages of gestation and when babies come early and/or there are complications they can wire differently. While not as a result of a neonatal journey, a remarkable story to be shared. . . 

Australias premature baby program set to go national

A research program that has reduced the number of premature births in Western Australia is being rolled out to other states and a parallel program is set to be developed in New Zealand.

New Zealands first community milk bank up and running

New Zealands first community breast milk bank is up and running.  Now new mums in Canterbury can supplement their efforts with milk donated by other women.

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. . .   

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