Where to find Support

The following New Zealand organisations provide information and support for parents of a premature baby. They are also worth looking at if you are family or friends of the baby’s parents:

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Early Buds is a charitable organisation that offers hope, comfort and support for families in a Christian context. They provide a “Prem Pack” for all premature babies in a hospital unit throughout New Zealand, which is free of charge. The Early Buds website is an excellent resource, with special offers, free printables, blogs and a fantastic Useful Info section.

                                                                           .Neonatal Trust

The Neonatal Trust support parents throughout their stay in the NICU and once they arrive home. They aim to give an information pack to all parents in the NICU, and also organise playgroups for premature babies and support groups for parents where possible. There are Neonatal Trust shops in Auckland and Wellington NICU, where parents can buy or hire essential equipment.                                     

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NZ NICU SCBU and NNU Parents Support Group is on facebook, this is a closed group with over 1,000 members. A great place to contact other parents, share experiences and ask questions. All prospective members are screened so please check your 'message requests' once you have asked to join. https://www.facebook.com/groups/nz.neonatal.support/

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The Auckland DHB's Feeding Guidelines -  This PDF helps you determine when is best for your prem baby to be starting solids.


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