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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. . . 

World's 'most premature baby' ever survives against all odds

The most premature baby ever born is defying doctors' expectations with her incredibly strong health three years on, according to a new medical report on the unprecedented case.   
. . . against all odds, the little girl who weighed just 0.425 kgs at birth is thriving, attending pre-school, has no medical conditions, and is scoring just as well on developmental tests as any other child her age.

"If you didn't know that she was so preemie, you would think she's a normal three-year-old," Stensrud told CNN.

Introducing Neonatal November

For a number of years we've celebrated and supported World Prematurity Day (November 17).  However, we've been super conscious that there are many other neonatal journeys each year, ie the full-term babies with health issues and/or complications.  All babies needing an extra hand are cared for by the caring, patient and kind staff in the Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) and Special Care Baby Units (SCBUs). 

The importance of blood for neonatal journeys

During the first seven days of Isobelle's life, she required nine units of paediatric red cells,10 units of paediatric plasma and four units of paediatric platelets. "Without those, there is zero chance she'd be here today," Lauren said. "I had the perfect pregnancy, read all the books, had the vitamins, I was like mother of the year. And then, in two hours, this happens and your child is in intensive care and you don't think they are going to make it through the night." It was complications in the birth which resulted in Isobelle losing about 600ml of blood . . .

Babywearing pitched as bonding aid

After the "traumatic" premature birth of her first born baby, Amy Mills discovered the practice of babywearing. Now the Temuka woman is . . . 

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