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Couple's pre-baby break not to be

It was supposed to be a pre-baby break relaxing and walking the dog at Lake Hawea. But Timaru couple Nicola and Brent Prue's plans abruptly changed when Mrs Prue went into labour with son Angus, who was born at 33 weeks' gestation.

Couple's fourth premature baby

It was almost a month before Palmerston North parents Jade and Jeremy Braddock were allowed to hold their premature baby girl.  Annabelle, now a 17-month-old toddler, was born at 26 weeks with serious health issues...

Celebrating premature babies

Tuesday was World Prematurity Day celebrating premature babies and the Taranaki Neonatal Trust organised a morning tea for staff and parents of premature babies at the hospital..  Ten month-old Mac Hammond got to catch up with medical staff who looked after him when he was first born. 

Landmarks light up for a different cause - World Prematurity Day

Landmarks here and around the world are 'lighting up' purple to raise awareness and focus attention on premature birth. 

What happens to premature babies in Timaru?

Between 600 and 700 babies are born in Timaru Hospital each year, and of those only about 30 may need extra care.  Read about the Timaru SCBU and the early arrival of Wolf Stevens here.

Gisborne town clock will glow purple to salute premature babies

A purple town clock in Gisborne might seem strange, but that is what people will see on the main street in recognition of World Prematurity Day.  Lytton High School students, twins Caleb and Ashleigh Stichbury, appreciate this more than most. They were born at 23 weeks and five days and are now 14 years old.

Tiny Tia-Jane's super-human fight for life

Read the great article and view the video on tiny Tia-Jane's super-human fight for life. Wellingtonian Alysha McVeigh, went into labour only 22 weeks and five days into a pregnancy that was her only chance of a child. Our huge thanks to Adrian and Alysha McVeigh for sharing the story of Tia-Janes arrival and time in the Wellington NICU and then home.

NICU nurse and artist supports Tiny Art

Wellington Neonatal Intensive Care nurse Simon Randall is also rather handy when it comes to art. Fittingly, he has generously donated a piece for The Neonatal Trust's Tiny Art awareness and fundraiing campaign that ends on 17 November (World Prematurity Day).


Deputy Mayor of Wellington shares his story

Justin Lester, Deputy Mayor of Wellington, recently shared his neonatal experience with One Percent Collective. 

Premature baby 'size of £10 note' defies odds, starts school

Levi Phipps fro the UK is still only the size of a one-year old child after he was born eight weeks premature weighing just 2lbs.


Thank you to The Neonatal Trust's Partners