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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 over 350 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). 

Thanks Jetstar

We are privileged to have the support of Jetstar who are helping us to deliver Support packs to families going through the stress and anxiety of a neonatal journey. In a very stressful time, receiving a Support pack to help as you enter the foreign world of the neonatal unit is invaluable. The Neonatal Trust also provides support documents written by parents, for parents. Purposely short and simple . . .

Supporter profiles, Dave Drury and Ryan Edwards

A consistent theme we encounter in our work is the very special people who look to support others. From those who give their time and support to the care of neonatal babies, the families themselves who go above and beyond for others, and the social profit space in general. We're keen to highlight some of these wonderful people with a regular interview piece. Learn more about the generous Dave Drury and Ryan Edwards of Points for Purpose - who are supporting The Neonatal Trust.

The importance of blood for neonatal journeys

During the first seven days of Isobelle's life, she required nine units of paediatric red cells,10 units of paediatric plasma and four units of paediatric platelets. "Without those, there is zero chance she'd be here today," Lauren said. "I had the perfect pregnancy, read all the books, had the vitamins, I was like mother of the year. And then, in two hours, this happens and your child is in intensive care and you don't think they are going to make it through the night." It was complications in the birth which resulted in Isobelle losing about 600ml of blood . . .

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