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World first research out of Auckland

Sugar has been painted as a nutritional villain - but is now being dabbed on the inside of newborns' cheeks to prevent thousands of babies being admitted to intensive care. The world-first research findings by New Zealand scientists at the Liggins Institute at the University of Auckland have meant babies with low blood sugar levels - which can cause developmental brain damage - are being treated with a dextrose gel rubbed inside their mouths . . .

Boy cuddles his sibling 'skin to skin'

A photograph of a little boy giving his premature baby sibling skin to skin care has gone viral. The image shows the youngster and his father each holding one of a pair of new-born twin babies on their bare stomachs, carrying out skin to skin practice - also known as 'kangaroo care' - which is said to aid recovery.

F1 Crew Helps Nurses Save Premature Babies

The quick reactions of a Formula One pit team are being watched closely by medical workers at a hospital in Wales.

Premature Christchurch Twins arrive in Wellington

When twins Amber and Daniel were born they could barely wrap their hands around their mother's finger.  Elise Hartley gave birth to the pair last year when she was just 23 weeks pregnant. Amber arrived on Christmas Eve and Daniel on Christmas Day. . . 

Music as a tool for premature babies care and development

Friederike Haslbeck sings to babies. But not to all babies. As a music therapist she helps premature infants and their parents relax and bond. As a researcher she’s investigating whether music helps develop a premature baby’s brain. . .  

Short women more likely to give birth to premature babies

Women who are shorter in height are twice as likely to have a baby born premature than tall mothers, according to a new international study.  "Short mothers tend to have less space for the babies to grow before birth, and this seems to lead to premature delivery in some women".

Reagan Smarts early arrival at 23 weeks and 6 days

Born the size of a standard ruler and weighing little over 700grams, Reagan Smart has defied the odds.  Ashhurst baby Reagan Smart was just 23 weeks and six days old when her mother suffered a placental abruption, when the placenta detached from the wall of the womb prematurely, forcing doctors to perform a caesarean section . . .

Waikato rescue helicopter open day

The Waikato rescue helicopter had their open day which was attended by thousands of people. Included in the display was Waikato hospital's mobile intensive care newborn unit, which is transported by the helicopter around the region to airlift and treat ill and premature babies. . .   

Twins hold hands during Kangaroo cuddles

An Australian couple have filmed the adorable moment premature twin babies hold hands while lying on their father's chest.

Nelson Hospital celebrates prem babies

It was a year ago when Nelson woman Jeanine Brunwin was forced to fly to Wellington Hospital to give birth to her twin girls. But after a week, all three of them were transferred back to Nelson Hospital.  There she spent six weeks with newborns Riley and Imogin before they were discharged on New Year's Eve. 

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