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New images added for Famous Prems

Over the last 12 months+ we've been updating our Support resources.  The latest update is the addition of images to our 'Famous Prems' page . . .

POD survey to increase understanding

The Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand (PSANZ) want your help to enhance the information presented to parents facing extremely preterm birth. The purpose of the study is to help enable parents to make the best decisions possible for their baby and their family. . .

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 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.

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