Personal stories

April Partner of the Month - Ben and Deanna Sigmund

We're grateful to all those who provide their ideas, time and donations to The Neonatal Trust. This month we want to say particular thanks to Ben and Deanna Sigmund as our Partner of the Month for April! 

Emily's arrival, a Dad's perspective

My daughter Emily Rose Rae was born January 15th 2016, incredibly 14 weeks premature and weighing only 710 grams . . .     

Fully Committed to The Neonatal Trust

The Neonatal Trust is privileged to have the support of Ben and Deanna Sigmund for the launch of Bens upcoming book 'Fully Committed'.
Both Ben and Deanna have provided support to The Neonatal Trust for many years now, and are adding to this with $1.00 from the sale of each copy of 'Fully Committed' . . .  

Theo's story

Theo, my son, born in 2010 at 33 weeks 4 days. He was born by emergency C-section due to a severe IUGR (growth restriction). He weighed 1.5 kg and stayed 26 days in the NICU (he was born in Auckland hospital but he was transferred to Middlemore NICU after 3 days as we live closer to Middlemore).

Nelson Hospital celebrates prem babies

It was a year ago when Nelson woman Jeanine Brunwin was forced to fly to Wellington Hospital to give birth to her twin girls. But after a week, all three of them were transferred back to Nelson Hospital.  There she spent six weeks with newborns Riley and Imogin before they were discharged on New Year's Eve. 

Couple's pre-baby break not to be

It was supposed to be a pre-baby break relaxing and walking the dog at Lake Hawea. But Timaru couple Nicola and Brent Prue's plans abruptly changed when Mrs Prue went into labour with son Angus, who was born at 33 weeks' gestation.

Couple's fourth premature baby

It was almost a month before Palmerston North parents Jade and Jeremy Braddock were allowed to hold their premature baby girl.  Annabelle, now a 17-month-old toddler, was born at 26 weeks with serious health issues...

Celebrating premature babies

Tuesday was World Prematurity Day celebrating premature babies and the Taranaki Neonatal Trust organised a morning tea for staff and parents of premature babies at the hospital..  Ten month-old Mac Hammond got to catch up with medical staff who looked after him when he was first born. 

Gisborne town clock will glow purple to salute premature babies

A purple town clock in Gisborne might seem strange, but that is what people will see on the main street in recognition of World Prematurity Day.  Lytton High School students, twins Caleb and Ashleigh Stichbury, appreciate this more than most. They were born at 23 weeks and five days and are now 14 years old.

Tiny Tia-Jane's super-human fight for life

Read the great article and view the video on tiny Tia-Jane's super-human fight for life. Wellingtonian Alysha McVeigh, went into labour only 22 weeks and five days into a pregnancy that was her only chance of a child. Our huge thanks to Adrian and Alysha McVeigh for sharing the story of Tia-Janes arrival and time in the Wellington NICU and then home.


Thank you to The Neonatal Trust's Partners