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Father relives his experience with the premature arrival of his daughter

Read about the Krstic family. a father and daughter who were both born prematurely.

Charity ball to bolster neonatal unit

The Neonatal Trust Parent Support Group in Taranaki has appeared in the Taranaki Daily News!

Five reasons why premature babies are completely inspiring

In celebration of the face that premature babies are incredibly strong and resilient and that it is Prematurity Awareness Month, the Huffington Post has written an article setting out just five ways in which premature babies are completely amazing.

Hamilton Community Hero - Tracy Thompson

Tracy Thompson is a Neonatal Homecare Nurse with the Waikato Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and spends much of her time travelling in the huge Waikato DBH region to provide continued care and monitoring at home for babies born prematurely.  She was recently noted as a Community Hero in the Hamilton Press.

A little bit of special care

North Shore Hospital's Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) seems peaceful and calm but looks can be deceiving.  Paediatrician Bobby Tsang has been working in this unit for 11 years and says dealing with these fragile children can be incredibly intense.  ‘‘There are about 3000 deliveries a year . . . 300 come through the unit – that’s one in 10 babies.

**Updated** Nurse Practitioner at Waikato Hospital **winner** in Kudos Awards

Deborah Harris, PhD and Nurse Practitioner at Waikato Hospital, won the Gallagher Medical Science Award at the Kudos Awards.  The Kudos Awards support and recognise outstanding achievement in scien

Walker goes viral

Jared and Erica Pruett love their new life as parents, but it hasn’t been an easy journey for them.  Their 5-month-old son, Walker, was born 14 weeks premature on 25th April weighing in at 590grams and whilst Walker may be little, he has made quite the reputation for himself.
 

Caleb 14 years later

Caleb Back is a living miracle.  He and his twin brother Joshua were born 10 weeks premature.  At birth, Caleb was severely underweight at only 800 grams due to twin to twin transfusion syndrome where the twins receive an unequal share of nutrients which affects their growth.

Mum chronicles her preemie blessing

Michelle Stevens has written a blog which chronicles her and her daughter Emily’s neonatal journey.

Celebrating special care babies at Lakes DHB

Special Care Baby Unit staff at Rotorua Hospital, are keen to celebrate premature babies and raise awareness of the challenges families face by recognising World Prematurity Day on Monday 17 November.

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