Personal stories

Chelsea - Our little miracle

After 4 years and 3 rounds of IVF we were lucky to finally get pregnant.  I had a very eventful pregnancy with multiple stays in hospital for hyperemesis gravidarum.

Jason's unexpected beginning

Every parent hopes for a smooth entrance into this world for their little ones and while most get that dream, I'm so glad we have such a wonderful unit filled with amazing people to give help when our little ones need it.

Harrison's love for water helps overcome challenges

Harrison and his dad David, go swimming every Wednesday and Harrison loves to splish and splash and dunk under the water.  Water Babies have been awesome and it's been really great for his confidence.   We really feel like his strength and co-ordination have come a long way since beginning these classes.

Eliza - A full term journey

"We were in shock. Sickness hadn’t even been on our radar and we had never even considered that we’d be admitted to NICU. Eliza was full term—even more than full term—and we thought only premature babies were treated in NICU"

Supporter Profile Christine Langdon

A consistent theme we encounter in our work is the very special people who choose to get involved. From those who give their time and support to the care of neonatal babies, the families themselves who go above and beyond for others, and the social profit space in general. Learn more about the wonderful Christine Langdon who set up The Good Registry . . .

The early arrival of Eden

Jason and I were visited by a nurse from the newborn unit who talked us through the scary process of having an extremely premature baby. I looked at the pictures and listened to her talk but all the time thinking “Well, this isn't going to happen to me!”

Wade's journey

Wade was classed as being full term as he was only 2 weeks early, he was born at 38 weeks and he spent 6 days in NICU due to having wet lungs.

Levi's story

Levi was born on the 8th of March, 2012 at 7.26am, weighing 8lb 6oz, seemily a healthy happy baby and nothing could have prepared his parents for the journey they were about to go on

Volunteer knitting for New Zealands most vulnerable

Dunedin neonatal unit has received 40 beanies thanks to a kind volunteer and her friends!

Our very own Superman

"The milestones are different in the NICU, like the first time baby can breathe by themselves, the first time they open their eyes after weeks of waiting, the first time they have a blanket you can tuck around them, the first time they fit new born clothes, the first time the suck/swallow/breathe reflex is strong enough to breastfeed, the first time . . .      "

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