Personal stories

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 . . .

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.


Thank you to The Neonatal Trust's Partners