Our support

Celebrating Volunteers

It's National Volunteer week 18 - 25 June 2017.  We want to celebrate and acknowledge the wonderful support we receive from volunteers that enables our support of neonatal families. From hundreds of knitters, to volunteers who support with baking, fundraising, writing & editing, sewing and raising awareness - we simply could not function without volunteers.

The Neonatal Trust and Bellyful collaboration

The Neonatal Trust and Bellyful are both Partner charities of the wonderful One Percent Collective

This week the two charities came together at a joint 'cookathon' to create meals for families in need - a number of which will support families in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Dunedin Hospital.  This is a new approach which the teams have been working on for a wee while now and it was fantastic to see it all come together!  

Volunteer profile: Sarah Stephens

A consistent theme we encounter is the special people involved (in the care of neonatal babies and the wider support of the families). We're extremely grateful to all those who provide their ideas, time, support and donations to The Neonatal Trust.

We want to highlight these great people and below do so and thank the wonderful Sarah Stephens who has helped us support neonatal families in a number of different ways . . .  

Kangaroo cuddles awareness day 2017

May 15th is International Kangaroo Cuddle Awareness day so there’s no better time to share some information on this great practise.

Mothers day pick me up

Mothers day is special day for many.  For hundreds of families on Sunday 14th May, their memories will be different to most. . .       There are over 350 incubators and cots in neonatal units across New Zealand. While the unit is the best place for the care of their baby (or babies, in the case of multiples) they would love to be home on Mothers day. We have organised a pick-me-up package to each and every family with a baby in a neonatal unit to brighten their day

Neonatal research success

Dr Maria Saito Benz, who is currently working on her PhD under the supervision of Dr Max Berry, has just been awarded the New Investigator Award for Neonatology! 
The first part of her PhD thesis has been the NIMO-AI study (Near Infrared spectroscopy for Monitoring brain Oxygenation in Anaemic premature Infants) the first of our ‘NIMO’ series. . . 

Leaving the Unit

Working with parents who have been there, we're developing more resources to help those on a neonatal journey. The arrival of a premature and/or sick baby can be an incredibly stressful and anxious time - while it is what you wanted, going home can be particularly stressful . . . 

One Family, Four Charities

Nearly 9 years ago 4 amazing charities entered our lives.  Our twin boys were born premature at 27 weeks (13 weeks early) and their lives were in the hands of . . .   

Neonatal parents thoughts on starting school

On behalf of neonatal parents, we often seek feedback on the thoughts and experiences of those who have been there before. In mid January we were asked to post the following question on our Facebook page: 
What did you do when your premmie / micropremmie started school?

Max Berry and neonatal research

One of the three core objectives of The Neonatal Trust is to aid neonatal-related medical research. Dr Max Berry is leading some wonderful research into the early care of neonatal babies and how these can impact their life . . .


Thank you to The Neonatal Trust's Partners