Personal stories

Kayla's story

After moving back from the UK, my partner and I were recently engaged, and were thinking about starting a family. I have Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), so after meeting with my Renal Specialist to discuss pregnancy with CKD, I changed to more ‘pregnancy friendly’ medications, and...

Iain's Story

Iain was born at 24 weeks after several months of a difficult pregnancy. His two older siblings were born at 42 and 43 weeks, so I was completely shocked at his birth, this 24 week stuff was ridiculous - this kind of thing doesn’t happen to us. We were overwhelmed by the whole experience and really felt that we were in a completely different world from the one I had known till now (seeing my baby wrapped in what seemed like tinfoil under bright lights and whisked away didn’t meet my dreams or expectations). This new world of incubators, bleeps, drips, long lines and a medical language that everyone tried so hard to explain at times was all too much for me. I am sure I was a very tiresome parent who sought explanations upon explanations.

The face of Facebook - Debbie Sinclair

Introducing Debbie Sinclair - our Facebook page administrator. Many of you will have read Debbie’s updates on Facebook.

Little Kickers supporting the ‘Little Fighters’

Little Kickers supporting the ‘Little Fighters’ - through The Neonatal Trust.   Little Kickers, football classes for kids 1 – 7 years, is supporting the much smaller ‘little fighters’ in the world, premature babies in NZ who need our support to survive...

Life in NICU - a mother's letter

I'm a member of a few special clubs. I have battled infertility, and I'm the mum of four angel-babies and one living miracle.  My beautiful son was born at 26 weeks and five days, weighing 860 grams - and despite all the odds, he survived....

Samuel's story

My partner and I had just moved from Melbourne over to Wellington. A big step for us but one we were looking forward to. About a month after our arrival I found out I was pregnant with our first child. We were a little shocked but also excited, we knew it would be a challenge given we were in a new country away from all of our family and friends. Little did we know just how hard that challenge was going to be.

Harrison's story

Harrison was born at 9:01pm on 26 April by emergency caesarean at 41 weeks. He was struggling to breath and at one stage he had to be revived. After being transferred to the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) at Hutt Hospital a team from the Wellington Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) were called out to pick Harrison up by ambulance and take him to Wellington where he arrived at 1:30am.

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.

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