Personal stories

Neonatal journeys can be full of stress and anxiety. Due to this, providing hope and encouragement to parents on a neonatal journey is key.

If you are on a neonatal journey, or you know someone who is, here's some stories of people who have been there before you. We receive a lot of positive feedback from families in a neonatal unit who read these stories and feel strength, hope and positivity knowing that they are not alone going through these experiences and feeling certain emotions.

Here's a selection of the personal stories from our website, available as both online content and in PDF format: 

Holly, a 23 week miracle

The story of the early arrival of Holly at 23 weeks. Holly's story 
" . . . after 169 days or five and a half months we finally got to take our baby home on oxygen. She stayed on oxygen for a further four months."
You can read and download this story as a PDF
 

Levi's story, full-term with a bumpy start

The story of Levi arriving, as told by mum Rebecca.  Levi's story 
"My parents found it very hard being in NICU and seeing me like this. They had my big brother who was just 16 months old to look after as well. . . 
It was all very emotionally draining for them, especially my Mum. She just wanted to take me home and start our family life like we all expected was going to happen after having a baby. She missed our newborn days at home together"
You can read and download this story as a PDF

 

Ethan's early arrival 

Ethan's early arrival and neonatal journey. Ethan's journey 
"Then at 25 weeks the bombshell I felt was coming, came.  I had IUGR (intrauterine growth restriction) an insufficient placenta and umbilical cord, which meant he wasn’t growing or getting all the nutrients he needed and he was small, 380 grams small to be precise."
You can read and download this story as a PDF

 

Our marvel Micah

The story of the early arrival of Micah at 28 weeks and 1 day. Micahs story.
"Micah was born . . . and weighed just 690grams, curled up, he was no bigger than a bag of sugar, his body a little skinnier than an Iphone 5."
You can read and download this story as a PDF

 

Sam's life by the numbers

Sam's early arrival, a story of numbers. Sam's story 
"It was 27 days before I had my first cuddle with Sam, 33 days before he was up to having full feeds of milk (a mere 16 ml) and 51 days before he had his first bath."
You can read and download this story as a PDF
 

More stories and other information can be found here.

 

Thanks for sharing*** Thanks to all of the parents who have shared their personal stories ***
We get a lot of positive feedback from families in a neonatal unit who read these stories and feel strength, hope and positivity knowing that they are not alone going through these experiences and feeling certain emotions. If you would like to discuss sharing the story of your neonatal journey, we'd love to hear from you. Please email info@neonataltrust.org.nz 

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Raising awareness with One Percent Collective

The Neonatal Trust is privileged to have the support of One Percent Collective who help us to raise funds and awareness.  
Check out the below examples of their wonderful approach to sharing stories - beautifully written and presented (click on the image to go to the story).

Sweet Baby JamesOur Little SupermanFourteen weeks earlyOne year later

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NNT_Support-ResourcesSupport resources

With the help of parents who have been there (graduates of a NICU and/or SCBU), we have developed support and education material. These include:

Interested in how The Neonatal Trust supports families going through the stress and anxiety of a neonatal journey?  
Here’s a gallery of support examples

 

 

Thank you to The Neonatal Trust's Partners