Personal stories

Lucy's story

Lucy was an unexpected natural conception following prior infertility. After a trouble free pregnancy Lucy was born by caesarean section on her due date (a breech baby). At birth she was diagnosed with Trisomy 18 (or Edwards Syndrome)...

Emma's story

During what was an uneventful pregnancy I suddenly got very sick with severe PET (pre-eclampsia toxaemia) and developed HELLP syndrome, which in essence means I had high blood pressure, liver failure and my blood wasn’t clotting. As a result I was flown by Lifeflight Air Ambulance from my home in Nelson to Wellington. The following day Emma was delivered by emergency c-section due to my health rapidly deteriorating and both our lives hung in the balance. Emma was delivered 100 days before she was due weighing a pitiful 490 grams and her outlook was very poor indeed.

Charlotte's story

Charlotte was born at 23 weeks and 3 days and weighed 650 grams (a really good weight for her gestation). It had been a really normal pregnancy, but about two weeks before she was born I started to feel unwell. I had contracted an infection that no one had picked up, and eventually resulted in me going into premature labour. I was terrified when I arrived at Delivery Suite early that morning, my partner and I had no idea that a baby born that early could survive. The doctors weren’t able to stop my labour, but they were able to slow the labour long enough to receive steroids to help her lungs. Charlotte arrived in the world after 14 hours in Delivery Suite, wriggling, squirming and trying to breathe on her own.

The story of an exceptional five year old!

What do most five year old boys want for their birthday?  Cars, footballs, lego?  Well, Taylor Woodgate is not like most boys.  Taylor was born at 23 weeks gestation at a mere 580 grams.  When he turned five, to celebrate his birthday, his family decided that he had plenty of toys and would rather people donated birthday money to The Neonatal Trust (Wellington)...

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