Personal stories

Ava's birth story - 34wks

I am writing Ava’s story on this, her 9th birthday. It’s hard to believe it was 9 years ago that our little girl came into the world at 34 weeks and 2 days weighing 2100g.

Ava's life - 23wks 5days

My life was not very easy at the start, I was a premature baby. Born at 23 weeks and 5 days and I weighed 645 grams. I spent about 4 months in the NICU, then I came home to my family.  

The Generosity Journal featuring Rosemary Escott

Read One Percent Collective's latest Generosity Journal featuring Rosemary Escott, Nurse manager for the Wellington NICU......... "I feel like I've made a difference to thousands of babies over the years, and that's really powerful"

Harrys' story - A 30 week miracle

"Harry’s time in the neonatal unit was full of ups and downs, worries and joys and gave us lots of unique memories. As first time parents we had already felt out of our depth, but this experience was beyond anything we had anticipated." 

A HUGE thank you Baby Sensory!

Our heartfelt thanks to Baby Sensory and all those who participated in this wonderful event and choosing to support the work of The Neonatal Trust.

A shooting star

Nobody expects to be told they are in the early stages of labour at 28 weeks gestation, but for Amy and Josh Lynch this was their reality. With antenatal classes due to start the following week and this being Josh and Amy's first child, they were given a crash course in what to do . . .   

Neonatal Secret Santa 2018

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 . . . 

A wish for a Hawkes Bay SCBU graduate

Eight years later Xavier is a happy, healthy kid, and Lynch has channelled the traumatic first weeks of his life into a piece of art, a sculpture called I Wish . . .  

Doubly lucky NICU baby

An Invercargill family’s young son is a "miracle baby" twice over — conceived after years of  IVF, before being born prematurely.  The Moses family — mum Kathryn, dad Kereru and their baby, who is yet to be named — received a . . .  

Premature twins defy the odds to celebrate first birthdays

Read all about twins, Grace and Amelia celebrating their first birthday.  They arrived early after contracting twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) — a condition affecting about 10 per cent of identical twins in New Zealand.

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