Personal stories

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.

Mischa - 42 weeks + 1 day. Our full term experience

I don’t see our experience in a negative way. Our journey wasn’t what we had planned but was a good reminder that instead of our usual worries about what cot or pram we were going to choose, all that really mattered was how lucky we were to have our baby alive and with us.

Riley - Intrauterine Growth Restricted (IUGR)

Riley’s neonatal journey started on June 8th 2018 when he was born at 34 weeks and 6 days gestation.  Early, due to being intrauterine growth restricted (IUGR) he weighed 1495grams and was 41cm long when born.

The journey of Jack

I learned that everyone’s journey is unique. Although at that moment, I wanted to read a success story of a baby born at 23 weeks, I know our story isn’t any more or less traumatic, unbelievable or miraculous than anyone else’s. Regardless of whether babies are born at 23 weeks or 42 weeks, every single baby is a true miracle and their gestation doesn’t indicate their journey, their outcome or their future. 

Lacey's emergency arrival

"I was so scared going into the neonatal unit that knew I nothing about, where people I had never met were looking after our baby girl. I had no idea what all the cords and tubes were for or what the machine beeping meant. The journey that we had through the NICU was tough and stressful"

A Christchurch night out for Neonatal

On January 10 2018, my sister in law Shannon had a routine midwife appointment which luckily my brother Daniel was home for due to his work being rained off. At this appointment the midwife raised serious concerns for Shannons wellbeing and the possibility she was suffering from preeclampsia. Shannon was rushed to hospital . . .

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