Personal stories

A small journey through the NICU

My journey began when I was born in the Wellington Hospital 3 months early, missing the lower portion of my right leg and having only eight  fingers, my life began a little rough.

A Dads perspective, 7 years on

The scariest thing in the world (or so we thought at the time) was being told our wee boy was coming into the world....  Early....  16 weeks early!!  

My Neonatal Journey with My Krishal

Our Krishal has reached a special milestone today – It’s a Double Digit Number “10”. Where has the interesting journey over the 10 years with you been my Big Boy?  Feels like a blink to how fast you have turned 10.

The tale of Noah and Micah

We were fortunate to be supported by the most incredible doctors and nurses and made life long friends with other neonatal families. There were many laughs and many, many tears but all of this created the memories that we will never forget.  This is what thas helped shape two of the happiest, most determined little men who are now 4 years old with no signs of prematurity and who are meeting all milestones expected for their age. 

Starting Motherhood with Severe Preeclampsia and days of separation….

I choose to write a story from my perspective and then a detailed story of Frankie’s journey separate because often as parents we feel like we must always be ok, but we are often better parents when we acknowledge its ok to not be ok and with the right help we can feel ok again. Its an important lesson I learnt the hard way. Pretending I was ok when really, I was still dealing with health implications from my preeclampsia and blaming myself and my body for everything Frankie went through was so unhealthy.

Eddie's Adventure

Eddie’s adventure has shaped our lives and changed us for the better. We are stronger than we would have ever been and three years later the journey isn’t over.

Phil's greatest ride

On Thursday March 12, about 19 days and 20 pies after I began my ride, I rolled into Bluff a bit weary but very satisfied. An amazing adventure, I've met a bunch of inspiring people, forged great memories and experienced some amazing hospitality while I visited parts of our country I didn't know existed. 

Jacob's emergency entrance

I still struggle 6 months on with what we didn't get. I didn't get to look "really" pregnant, we couldn't establish  breastfeeding, we didn't get to have skin to skin as soon as he was born, we didn't get a calm birth we had planned.
Each day I have to drive past Masterton hospital and each day I feel as though I'm still reliving it.  But I also remember we now have a gorgeous boy who lights up our whole world and I wouldn't change a thing.


Sophie's early arrival

I held her for two minutes, if that, and she was whisked away. I didn’t think my first baby would be taken straight to SCBU straight after delivery

A Fathers love

A heart felt letter from a dad to his premature daughter......... "I remember breaking down in our room one afternoon after leaving you in hospital. I burst into tears without any warning. I couldn’t stop, all that was going through my head was Why us? Why again?"


Thank you to The Neonatal Trust's Partners