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The Neonatal Trust

The Neonatal Trust provides support to families of premature and/or sick full-term babies as they make their journey through neonatal care, the transition home, and onwards.

Across New Zealand, 5,000+ babies go through a neonatal journey EVERY YEAR. Their arrival can bring considerable stress through health complications and financial strain. They help reduce stress and anxiety for families going through a neonatal journey by:

• Providing information to help them get through their time in the neonatal unit and best understand the care their baby is receiving and the role they can play

• Organising support events such as morning teas, lunches, developmental playgroups and coffee groups. These provide an opportunity for Mums and Dads to receive updates and information and develop support networks with other parents

They help support the units with equipment that directly enhances the environment for the parents or supports the care of babies in the units. e.g:

• Maternity chairs for ‘Kangaroo cuddles’ and specialist breastfeeding chairs

• Re-decorating and furnishing parent ‘rooming-in’ rooms and shared spaces to help make a parent's journey that little bit brighter

• Privacy screens to help when families need privacy, mum is breastfeeding or kangaroo cuddles are in action

The Neonatal Trust also supports neonatal-related medical research. For example, the world leading research currently being undertaken in New Zealand. All studies we support are robust programmes and have appropriate ethical sign off.


This Mother’s Day you help to make a difficult start to life that little bit easier by purchasing ‘HAVE A HEART’ COOKIES, $4.00 in-store from 23 April.

These cookies are made by Molly Woppy and come professionally packed, with two cookies, with ingredients listed. They are extremely cute and, most importantly, delicious!!

All proceeds go to The Neonatal Trust to continue their support of neonatal families and their babies. Supporting families going through the stress and anxiety of a neonatal journey. For more information visit www.neonataltrust.org.nz