Personal stories

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.

Winters here - time to keep warm with merino!

BabyBundles, manufacturers of quality merino clothing, blankets and sleeping bags, are fantastic supporters of The Neonatal Trust.  We are very grateful to be able to sell BabyBundles wraps, blankets and sleeping bags on our website and have 100% of the profits from the sale of these products go to The Neonatal Trust.

When Daddy’s girl comes early

Premature birth from a father’s perspective.  It was May. Our baby was due in August and were about to start antenatal classes the following week. We were having a party at our house to celebrate my birthday, when my partner Joy had some early contractions . . . 

Neonatal Profile: Dr Max Berry

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. We had a Q & A session with Dr Max Berry . . .

Supporter profile: Pat Shepherd of One Percent Collective

A consistent theme we encounter in our work is the very special people who choose to get involved. Here's a bit of an insight into the wonderful Pat Shepherd who set up One Percent Collective, who are supporting The Neonatal Trust. . .  

A neonatal mums experience and advice

My name is Lynda, I live with anxiety and depression.  My first and so far only child was born five weeks early at Wellington Hospital. . . 

Volunteer profile: Kaye Wilson

A profile of Neonatal Trust volunteer Kaye Wilson - from running, to sewing and collecting, Kaye (and her family) have supported The Neonatal Trust in a number of ways. . . 

Reagan Smarts early arrival at 23 weeks and 6 days

Born the size of a standard ruler and weighing little over 700grams, Reagan Smart has defied the odds.  Ashhurst baby Reagan Smart was just 23 weeks and six days old when her mother suffered a placental abruption, when the placenta detached from the wall of the womb prematurely, forcing doctors to perform a caesarean section . . .

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