Personal stories

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.

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.


Thank you to The Neonatal Trust's Partners