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Research confirms no long term effects

An ACTORDS study has found that the use of corticosteroids during pregnancy has had no adverse effects on brain development, cardiovascular or metabolic health. 

New dad depression is linked to stress

A significant number of Kiwi men are overcome by depression during a pregnancy, and the number climbs after birth, a new study reveals. Auckland University researchers have found 2.3 per cent of fathers also experience depression during the pregnancy, and this reaches 4.3 per cent nine months after their child is born. . . 

New blood test to help predict premature births

A new blood test being worked on to help predict premature births. Great to see #Neonatal research happening in New Zealand.

Olivia Agnew - 3 months later

Read the update on Oliva Agnew, born 23rd October and quickly approaching her due date of 7th February.

Nerissa gives back for World Prematurity Day

 On 17th of November Nerissa was instrumental in helping host a morning tea at the Whangarei Unit to celebrate World Prematurity Day. 

Facebook helps family share life in NICU

Hannah-Ruths journey through NICU inspires hope to other families and helps raise awareness for World Prematurity Day

Travelling the NICU journey

There is no planning for having a baby 4 months early but this is the journey Jason and Amy Agnew are currently on after Olivia was born at 24 weeks gestation.  The first precious kangaroo cuddle was a week later and whilst their 'little ballerina' is doing well, life in NICU can be a long and lonely one and not a situation they would wish upon anyone.        

Students knit for the Hamilton Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Students of Rototuna Junior High School this week gifted a collection of knitting to Waikato Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), including blankets, vests, hats, boots and teddy bears.

Thanks Pub Charity

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. . .   


Thank you to The Neonatal Trust's Partners