Personal stories

NICU nurse and artist supports Tiny Art

Wellington Neonatal Intensive Care nurse Simon Randall is also rather handy when it comes to art. Fittingly, he has generously donated a piece for The Neonatal Trust's Tiny Art awareness and fundraiing campaign that ends on 17 November (World Prematurity Day).


Deputy Mayor of Wellington shares his story

Justin Lester, Deputy Mayor of Wellington, recently shared his neonatal experience with One Percent Collective. 

Severely premature baby comes home after beating odds

Wee Jack Ladley is finally home after spending half his life in hospital. His parents credit his feisty nature for his survival.  He spent his first four months in Wellington Hospital, following that with 10 days in Nelson Hospital. Three and half weeks ago they suddenly had to go to Auckland's Starship Hospital, as Jack had problems breathing and was diagnosed with hemangioma, a benign tumour of blood vessels. They were to finally go home on Monday.

Carter's story

Carter recently reached his due date, and a milestone of 102 days in the NICU.

Angus and Tracy's story

Tuesday 27th May 2014 is a date indelibly etched on our memories.  A day we had strived towards; struggled towards; prayed for and received and sent all other forms of healing and hope possible.  We were not proud – all help accepted!

Luke and Brielle's Story

The morning of New Year’s Day 2004, I woke to find a lot of blood surrounding me. My husband Brendon and I rushed to Palmerston North Hospital and were soon told that our baby was on the way...

Amazing Otaki Girls

Recently we reported that three Otaki girls who were premature did extremely well in their school cross country.  Here is the full story as they continued to well in the area and regional competitions!

Breastfeeding our Prem - Larina's Story

Larina is Mum to three children.  Eli, her third, was born prematurely.  Here she shares her story of managing to breastfeed Eli despite all the challenges as an encouragement to those walking a similar path.

Marla Sokoloff’s Blog: Sharing Olive’s (Early!) Birth Story

On 13 March, celebrity blogger Marla Sokoloff welcomed her second child, Olive Mae, at 34 weeks. 

Maddison's Story

The 19th of December 2014, a day we will never forget, after watching countless parents leave the unit with their precious bundles, it was finally our turn to take Maddison home. If you had told us a few months before, that we would finally be leaving the unit, we probably wouldn’t have believed you.


Thank you to The Neonatal Trust's Partners