Supporting dads through neonatal care

Weekend Life 02/09/2018
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16 babies will be born prematurely in New Zealand today, on this year's Father's Day.

Neonatal Trust executive director Neil O’Styke speaks with RadioLIVE’s Trudi Nelson to discuss the neonatal units across New Zealand and how they try to look after not only mothers, but fathers as well.

There are 360 incubators across New Zealand that 5,000 babies go through every year, which Mr O’Styke says provide world-class care.

The five main neonatal incubator centres are in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.                                                                     

Mr O’Styke says the family is transported to one of the five main centres if they don’t live in the area.

He says it’s hard enough having a baby, let alone one that arrives early and could cause extra complications.

In New Zealand for over 30 years, the Neonatal Trust was set up by parents who had gone through the same thing.

Mr O’Styke says they also look after the journey of a dad and offer special support to their experience.

Listen to the interview with Neil O’Styke above.

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