Every year 300 babies pass through the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in Dunedin. We're commited to supporting these families through the stress and anxiety of thier journey and enhancing the care of their precious babies. Whenever possible we also wish to raise awareness. Here's a couple of examples of Dunedin neonatal journeys that we helped to tell:
For the Dunedin NICU, The Neonatal Trust currently offers:
1. Support packs
On arrival to the NICU each family receives a "Welcome to the Unit" Support pack.
2. Equipment support
We've provided a range of support to benefit neonatal families - both directly and indirectly.
An example of a direct example is providing La Z Boy chairs for the comfort of parents during the long hours in the NICU, and for Kangaroo Cuddles.
Indirectly, neonatal families benefit from the development of nurses skills from using the 'Baby Sim' Baby Simulator training tool.
3. Neonatal staff professional development
The Neonatal Trust manages The Donald Malcolm Trust Fund - the objective of which is to further the professional development of neonatal stuff in the Dunedin NICU.
4. Celebrating special events
To acknoweldge special days such as Mothers Day, Fathers Day, World Prematurity Day and Christmas Day, volunteers put together gift packs to give to each family currently staying in the unit, adding a little cheer to their day. As an example, here's some detail on Neonatal Secret Santa.
5. Weekly fruit basket
Thanks to the good folk at Fresh Choice Roslyn, we pick up and provide a weekly fruit bowl for families in the Dunedin NICU.