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Study finds delay in cord snipping helps prem babies

An eight year international study has shown an extra minute attached to mum allowed more blood to be pumped from the placenta which helped maintain healthy oxygen levels and therefore increased their chance of survival by 30 percent.

Govt agrees to payment for widower raising baby

A widower, with a premature baby, who was unable to receive paid parental leave after his wife died in childbirth will be compensated by the Government.

​Rescue chopper helps with birth of premature twins

The Rotorua-based BayTrust Rescue Helicopter has been essential in getting specialist help to a woman in premature labour with twins.

Treatment breakthrough for babies with chronic lung disease

Up to 60 per cent of pre-term babies develop bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) but an exciting discovery could help save them from a lifetime of health concerns. 

Caring for earlier babies

A working group consisting of neonatal specialists, obstectricians, midwives, and patients are considering lowering the age from 24 weeks to 23 weeks (as a consistent rule for all neonatal units).

Saving very early babies

There are calls for the government to pump more funding and resources into helping doctors keep alive the youngest and most vulnerable of premature babies. It comes as a working group looks at a potential national standard for resuscitating babies born as young as 23 weeks. . . 

Seven kids under 7 years old

On April 3 Esme Moala had Israel, Emmanuel and Eliana. This made the household 7 kids under 7 years of age . . .

St John ambulance officers save baby born at 25 weeks

Bella Torkington wasn't expected to survive when she was born at 25 weeks on a bathroom floor, but some plastic wrap and a sandwich bag helped her defy the odds. Baby Bella is now a picture of health, squawking and sucking her fingers and toes as she sits on mother Rachael Sibley, while dad Kyle Torkington tickles her knee. . . 

New Tumbleform chairs for The Waikato NICU

The Neonatal Trust has donated three Tumbleform chairs to benefit parents going through a neonatal journey in Waikato Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

New micro premmie nappies for New Zealand

Super small, specifically designed Huggies nappies are now available in New Zealand.  These super-small nappies were launched in the United States in February 2017, and are now used by neonatal nurses at Auckland, Middlemore, Waikato, Wellington and Christchurch Hospitals after successful trials.

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