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Doubly lucky NICU baby

An Invercargill family’s young son is a "miracle baby" twice over — conceived after years of  IVF, before being born prematurely.  The Moses family — mum Kathryn, dad Kereru and their baby, who is yet to be named — received a . . .  

Premature twins defy the odds to celebrate first birthdays

Read all about twins, Grace and Amelia celebrating their first birthday.  They arrived early after contracting twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) — a condition affecting about 10 per cent of identical twins in New Zealand.

World first neonatal research

New Zealand researchers have released the findings of a world-first study on premature babies. Twenty years of data from 1.2 million babies was used in the research, helping parents and doctors make better decisions about how to care for premature babies.

Family gives back by donating 68 jumpsuits

A family who credit their baby's life to the Special Care Baby Unit at Whangarei has showed their gratitude by donating 68 jumpsuits for premature babies at the unit.

Neonatal nurse and baby reconnect after 28 years

A wonderful story of a neonatal nurse reconnecting with a baby she cared for 28 weeks earlier!  Twenty-eight years ago, neonatal intensive care nurse Vilma Wong cared for a premature baby, Brandon Seminatore, who weighed only 2 lbs., and 6 oz.

Researcher finds gut bacteria behaves differently in those born premature

Researchers from Auckland University have found that bacteria behaved differently in children who were born at fewer than 32 weeks.

Dr Max Berry secures funding for therapy to help prevent disorders in preterm babies

A University of Otago researcher has received funding from the Neurological Foundation of New Zealand to investigate a new therapy which could potentially prevent disorders developing in children born prematurely.

6 year old gives baby brother Kangaroo cuddles

We LOVE, and advocate strongly for, kangaroo cuddles. . .      check out this great story of a 6yo doing skin-to-skin cuddles with his premature baby brother (includes some beautiful photos).

From cerebral palsy to one of golfs Major tournaments

Neonatal babies are over-represented with cerebral palsy (vs the general population). The brains neural pathways form at different stages of gestation and when babies come early and/or there are complications they can wire differently. While not as a result of a neonatal journey, a remarkable story to be shared. . . 

Australias premature baby program set to go national

A research program that has reduced the number of premature births in Western Australia is being rolled out to other states and a parallel program is set to be developed in New Zealand.


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