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Study on very low birth-weight babies released

New research on "very low birth-weight" babies by Christchurch-based Professor Brian Darlow indicates very low birth-weight babies were as happy with their quality of life as their control-group peers by the time they reached their 20s.

Potential for further advances in protecting brain injured babies

Major advances have already been made in protecting babies after brain injuries but there is strong potential to make further big advances, says a leading US-based medical researcher and neonatologist.

Baby robot delivers lifelike lessons for hospital staff

A newborn robot that can turn limp and even blue is helping train doctors and midwives.

Obesity, smoking risks for baby brain damage

Pregnant women need to be encouraged to lose excess weight and quit smoking to avoid causing brain damage to their unborn children, a leading researcher says.

The Neonatal Trust a big help for parents of premature babies

Greg and Amy Hewgill know all too well the troubles faced by parents of premature babies after watching their daughter, born 11 weeks early in a Chinese hospital, connected to machines for the first 76 days of her life.

Celine Dion supports World Prematurity Day 2013

November 17 is World Prematurity Day, a chance to raise awareness about the topic of prematurity on a local, national and international level. . Worldwide celebrity, Celine Dion lends her voice to support World Prematurity Day.

Waikato doctors' groundbreaking gel to help newborns

Newborn babies around the world are going to benefit from a groundbreaking research project conducted at Waikato Hospital by neonatal nurse practitioner Dr Deborah Harris and Dr Phil Weston. 

Mum calls for support for tube-fed kids

Eli and Ben were born prematurely at 26 weeks' gestation, then spent four months at Wellington Hospitals’ neonatal unit.    Some leave hospital feeding normally. Others, such as Ben and Eli, go home with nasogastric tubes. 

New Breast Pumps in Waikato thanks to The Cambridge Christmas Festival Society

The Neonatal Trust in Waikato is therefore thrilled to be able to say a big thank you to The Cambridge Christmas Festival Society who have very generously donated three new Medela Symphony double breast pumps to the Trust.

Dr Vaughan Richardson - his job is a labour of love

In quarter of a century practising as a neonatal paediatrician, head of Wellington's neonatal intensive care unit Vaughan Richardson has looked after well over 25,000 babies and, despite their critical needs and at times dire condition, he still takes time to cherish every one of his tiny patients.

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