Our support

Woollen Wonders 2017

The efforts of the many volunteer knitters are greatly appreciated as we cannot provide our support packs, and other activity, without such wonderful support.  These fabulous people help to make a difficult start to life that little bit easier for families going through the stress and anxiety of a neonatal journey

Bonding with your baby

We've added another support resource: Bonding with your baby
That first moment you see your new baby is overwhelming. While some people bond immediately with their new bundle it’s not always the case and it’s quite normal for things to take a bit of extra time. 

Data and Neonatal reseach

A new study could help thousands of Kiwi families get a better understanding of what the future holds for premature babies. This 1 news item . . .

Research: Prematurity and temperature regulation

Preterm birth has the potential to alter health and wellbeing far beyond the time a baby is cared for in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). We want to understand how and why preterm birth has this long-reaching impact on a baby’s future. 

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. . . 


Thank you to The Neonatal Trust's Partners