Personal stories

Mum chronicles her preemie blessing

Michelle Stevens has written a blog which chronicles her and her daughter Emily’s neonatal journey.

Kamaleah's story

Kamaleah was born at 29 weeks gestation, via c-section. This was due to her restricted growth. My partner and I found this out when we went in for what we thought would be a normal scan. However, it showed that Kamaleah hadn’t gained any weight since our last scan...

Graduate Nurse heads back to where her life started

Caitlin Cowan has gained a position as a graduate nurse in the Canterbury DHB’s Nursing Entry to Practice programme (NetP), working the NICU.  Only 22 years ago, she was starting her life in the very same place, spending three months in the NICU after being born at 26 weeks gestation.

Harlow's story

Harlow was born at 24 weeks gestation, weighing in at 725gms, being that premature meant he had his own set of issues. We became one of those families you read about in the magazines, ‘miracle child’ was mentioned many times...

Jacob's story

Jacob was born on 11 October 2005 at 30 weeks gestation weighing 1.5kg.  There had not been any obvious problems during the pregnancy with him, he just decided it was time to enter this world...

Inara's story

Our journey began in 2010 when we found out we would be having a high needs baby due to a severe birth defect detected at our 12 week scan.  We continued on with a pregnancy that was very difficult, even after knowing that our baby’s  odds were a mere 5% chance of survival due to severe right sided Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH), meaning most of her internal organs were in her chest cavity crushing her heart and damaging her lungs....

Grace and Hope's story

At age 36 with two teenagers, having a baby was nowhere in my life plans.  My morning sickness was day and night and I knew this was different. At thirteen weeks it was confirmed. I was carrying identical twins. We were excited and terrified at the same time, until they said there was a three millimetre size difference. I knew that wasn't good, but had no idea just how rough this road was going to be.  At sixteen weeks the doctors told us our babies had Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome

"Stevie Wonder" - Steven's story

Steven George Zambazos “Stevie Wonder” was born on 21 May 2010 at 5.47pm weighing 900gms. Steven spent nine months in the Wellington NICU and two months in Palmerston North Hospital.  When he was born he was perfect in every way except for his “crap” lungs. My waters had broken at 15 weeks so Steven really had no chance of developing his lungs.  There was only a five percent chance of Steven surviving on delivery and this didn’t increase much over the next five months. 

Daisy-Mae's rise to stardom

Who would have thought being born early would make you an international star?  But that's exactly what happened when Daisy-Mae Littles' father began an online Facebook diary.

A World Cup Miracle – Cameron’s story

Cameron Sigmund was was delivered by c-section at just 24 weeks.  One week later his Dad, Ben, had to make the gut wrenching decision to leave Cameron and his wife Deanna and get on a plane to South Africa where he would be representing New Zealand as an All White, competing for glory at the FIFA World Cup...


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