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Helping parents through a rocky start

I went through NICU with my wee boy Reuben, who’s now five and just started school. At 24 weeks, I went into spontaneous labour — we still have no idea why. It was a big shock and very stressful once he was here, with critical matters of life and death. I knew nothing; I didn’t even know babies survived at that gestation. . .   

Neonatal baby becomes neonatal researcher

I was born by emergency C-section at exactly 26 weeks gestation on April 25th 1995 at Wellington Hospital. I weighed approximately 900 grams, I had a head of auburn hair, and my eyes were still fused shut – I wasn’t quite ready to say hello to anyone yet . . . 

Thanks for your survey feedback

Late last year we asked for parents of babies born between 23 - 26 weeks gestation to help us with a short survey.  This was part of a neonatal care working group of specialists and nurses, midwives and obstetricians who are currently looking at the information parents receive to provide support during this time, and help with making decisions about the care of their babies.

2017 Neonatal Secret Santa

Christmas day is a day for families to get together, be together and make memories. For hundreds of families this Christmas, their memories will be different to most with their baby (or babies, in the case of multiples) in a neonatal unit. There are over 350 incubators and cots in neonatal units . . . 

Neonatal research in the news

Understanding the way in which premature or sick babies respond to treatment is absolutely critical. We need to make sure that each baby gets treatment that provides the maximum possible benefit to support the process of healing and recovery. Babies brains are incredibly vulnerable. Too little oxygen can stop brain cells functioning and developing whereas too much oxygen can cause other problems.  We also know that premature babies . . . 

Neonatal Secret Santa 2017

Christmas day is a day for families to get together, be together and make memories. For hundreds of families this Christmas, their memories will be different to most with their baby (or babies, in the case of multiples) in a neonatal unit. There are 355 incubators and cots in neonatal units . . . 

World Prematurity Day 2017

On World Prematurity Day, we would like to express our sincere thanks to all #nurses, #doctors and #support-staff for taking #respectful care of our preterm babies. Thank you for your dedication!

#WorldPrematurityDay     #letthemthrive

Sharing a beautiful song

What you don't know, by Ryan Edwards

Neonatal journeys are often full of emotion. Whether the baby is early, or comes full-term with complications or health issues, parents are thrown into stressful situations a long way from what they had expected for the arrival of their precious new baby.  The beautiful song 'What you don't know' was written and sung by Ryan Edwards. Ryan wrote the song having known a family who had experienced a Neonatal journey, taking the perspective of a father when he is unable to get near his newborn child.

Parental involvement in the enhancement of neonatal care

We are currently contributing to a neonatal care working group. The objectives of this are to:

 * better understand the information given to parents of very early babies, and what was of most value
 * identify any improvement opportunites
 * ensure consistency of approach and messaging across all New Zealand neonatal units

To assist this particular working group, we are looking for parents of babies born 23 to 26 weeks gestation to complete a short survey. . . 

Introducing Neonatal November

For a number of years we've celebrated and supported World Prematurity Day (November 17).  However, we've been super conscious that there are many other neonatal journeys each year, ie the full-term babies with health issues and/or complications.  All babies needing an extra hand are cared for by the caring, patient and kind staff in the Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) and Special Care Baby Units (SCBUs). 

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