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Medical research award for leading paediatrician

An international expert in neonatal treatment and care, and one of New Zealand’s leading paediatricians, has been awarded the University of Auckland’s premier medical research award, the Gluckman Medal.

Powerful image of premature baby's tiny foot used for awareness campaign

Charlotte was born at 24 weeks gestation, 16 weeks early, and weighed just 650 grams. She spent 132 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) before being able to go home.  Charlotte's powerful image, is being used as the focal point by the Neonatal Trust, to raise awareness of the incidence of prematurity on World Prematurity Day (17 November)...

Dunedin Hospital staff shine a light on premature birth

It's World Prematurity Day, and staff at Dunedin Hospital have teamed up to shine a light on premature birth.  They're hoping to give locals a glimpse into the reality of early births.

Helping to save little lives

Claire Goodger may be terrified of needles and feel woozy at the sight of blood but it hasn’t stopped her from entering the profession she’s so passionate about.  The 28-year-old is a staff nurse at Wellington Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit which provides intensive and specialist care for extremely premature infants through to full-term infants.

Premature birth is a family affair

World Prematurity Day was celebrated in Hawke’s Bay Hospital’s SCBU with a specially provided morning tea.  Amy Lynch and Bridget Ball whose son was born premature, were on hand to do the honours.

Tiny survivor defies the odds

Ahead of World Prematurity Day, Sean Flaherty from the Otago Daily Times visited Dunedin Hospital's NICU where the region's smallest and most vulnerable babies are cared for.

Our early arrival's still impatient, says Mum

She was born 14 weeks early, but that hasn't held a Rotorua student back.

Michael Fowler Centre lights up for World Prematurity Day

Some of New Zealand’s favourite iconic buildings are lending their support alongside international landmarks as part of a campaign celebrating World Prematurity Day on 17 November.  The "Lighting Up Purple" campaign is designed to raise awareness of the 15 million babies born prematurely worldwide each year. In New Zealand, the number is over 5,000 each year.

Palmy goes purple for World Prematurity Day

In support of World Prematurity Day on 17 November, the clock tower in The Square and the Regent Theatre will be lit up purple, to help raise awareness of the many children that are born too early (before 37 weeks gestation).

Day to educate on early births

When Kathryn Hodge's daughter was born, she avoided seeing her baby for a full day. "Within the first 24 hours I hadn't even visited her," said Mrs Hodge, a registered nurse.  It was an all too familiar situation for Mrs Hodge, from Wanganui, who works with premature babies.

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