Personal stories

In this month, I'm thankful for......

A beautifully written story about a mum who's incredibly thankful for all the people who help support the 'Neonatal World'

From then to now

I suppose the journey to motherhood was as far from what I had planned or imagined as possible. I never imagined I would be racing down the corridor about to give birth at 27 weeks 5 days via emergency caesarean. I never imagined that I could possibly be going through this when I visited the intensive care unit a few days prior when the labour started and the IV steroids were give

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 . . .  

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