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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. . .   

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. . . 


Thank you to The Neonatal Trust's Partners