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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.

Severely premature baby comes home after beating odds

Wee Jack Ladley is finally home after spending half his life in hospital. His parents credit his feisty nature for his survival.  He spent his first four months in Wellington Hospital, following that with 10 days in Nelson Hospital. Three and half weeks ago they suddenly had to go to Auckland's Starship Hospital, as Jack had problems breathing and was diagnosed with hemangioma, a benign tumour of blood vessels. They were to finally go home on Monday.

New maternity tech lands in Wairarapa

A new machine in Wairarapa Hospital's maternity unit is designed to predict the likelihood of premature labour and birth.  It will help avoid unnecessary transfer of women to a tertiary hospital out of the district. 

Farewell and Welcome in Taranaki

We say a fond farewell to Philippa Gray our Chairperson in Taranaki, Kelly Fryer, who is on the board, has stepped up to the Chairperson role.

Once a sideshow, former prems praise Doctor years later

Read this fascinating story about prems who were displayed at sideshows and world fairs in the early 20th century.


Thank you to The Neonatal Trust's Partners