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We are extremely grateful to Pub Charity for their donation towards funding some much needed safety vests, banners, flags and stationery items.  With the aid of these items we will be able to ensure our volunteers and are both seen and kept safe while raising awareness for The Neonatal Trust.

Fast from the start

On Sunday night at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Wayde van Niekerk made history winning the men's 400m event in 43.03 seconds, smashing the world record at the same time. Wayde van Niekerk was born on the 15th of July 1992, prematurely at 29 weeks and weighing just over 1kg.  His parents were advised his outlook was uncertain. . .   

Golden girl's rise after rough start to life

Born in Essex with a collapsed lung and four weeks premature, Laura Trott spent her first six weeks of life in intensive care on a ventilator. Now 24 years later, Trott is Great Britian's most successful Olympic female competitor . . 

New Auckland research could help premature babies avoid brain injury

New research is being undertaken at the University of Auckland by pioneering professor Alistair Gunn.  Through a three-year research programme due to be completed next year, he is trying to work out how to stave off infection in prem babies.

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".


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