Personal stories

Hollys' story - a 23 week miracle

Read all about Holly Blaney, born at just 23 weeks gestation and her 169 day stay in hospital

Supporter Profile: Taryn Ibell

We're extremely grateful to all those who provide their ideas, time, support and donations to The Neonatal Trust. We recently caught up with Taryn who's had three neonatal experiences and wanted to give back.  

BEATING THE ODDS, Lisa's story.

Monitors beep, nurses attend to tiny infants in incubators, and parents whisper quietly to their babies.  Babies’ naked but for a nappy lie in incubators with taped on tubes inserted in mouths, noses and chest for drainage, and in arms and legs for intravenous feeding. This is the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). This unit became very familiar to me, as it was home to my daughter for nearly 4 months. . .

Kaleb - A True Fighter’s Story

In August 2009 we were just settling into our new home in our new town, New Plymouth. My 5 yr old was settling into his new school, my husband to his new job and I being 24 weeks pregnant was just chilling, sorting the house. After a previous premature labour I was under a specialist, just in case. Everything was going fine. 

I went to my scheduled appointment with my midwife and . . .

Supporter profile: Katya Baker, intern

We're extremely grateful to all those who provide their ideas, time, support and donations to The Neonatal Trust. 

Juliet's thriving 15 years later

Juliets story, as told by her mother Marian.  I am the mother of a recently turned 15 year old daughter whose name is Juliet. She was born at Wellington Hospital at a gestation of 24.5 weeks and weighing 725gm. Following 98 days in the Neonatal Unit Juliet . . .  

Volunteer profile: Jenn Gilbert

A consistent theme we encounter is the special people involved (in the care of neonatal babies and the wider support of the families). We're extremely grateful to all those who provide their ideas, time, support and donations to The Neonatal Trust. We recently caught up with Jenn Gilbert who has been supporting The Neonatal Trust with our monthly email newsletter . . .  

Volunteer profile: Rae from Tawa

A consistent theme we encounter is the special people involved (in the care of neonatal babies and the wider support of the families). We're extremely grateful to all those who provide their ideas, time, support and donations to The Neonatal Trust. We recently caught up with Rae who has been supporting The Neonatal Trust for a number of years . . .  

Tips for going home

Heading home from a neonatal unit for the first time can be a stressful time. Here's some tips from the mother of a premature baby who spent 100+ days in hospital before going home. 

Supporter profile: Virginia Keast Zumba

We're extremely grateful to all those who provide their ideas, time, support and donations to The Neonatal Trust. Here's a profile of Virgina Keast who looked to give back to recognise the care and support received when her son Oliver arrived early.

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