Kidz First Neonatal Care
- Partnership model with parents and family encompassing both Te Whare Tapa Wha and Fonofale models
- Service integration for continuity of care
- Developmentally supportive care
- Focus on ongoing quality improvement
- Collaborative multidisciplinary teamwork
- Teaching role within the service and ongoing professional development
Neonatal care facilities reflect this philosophy through the provision of a range of areas including comfortable parent lounges, education room, overnight accommodation for parents with critically ill babies and cot-side seating and visiting spaces. We recognise that this can be a stressful time for parents and places for quiet reflection are available for parent use only.
Procedures / Treatments
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)
CPAP is used to help your baby’s breathing by keeping the lungs partially inflated. This helps your baby to breathe easier. It also helps get more oxygen in baby’s blood and stops the lungs collapsing when baby breathes out. CPAP is an extremely safe and effective way to treat babies… More
Your baby may need to be tested or treated for jaundice. Many babies become jaundiced soon after birth. Levels of jaundice we are concerned about depend on how old your baby is or if it was born prematurely.… More
Low Blood Sugar
Your baby may be tested or treated for low blood sugar.… More
Your baby may be in the Neonatal Unit because they were exposed to meconium. Your baby is being treated or tested because of the risk of problems caused by meconium. Meconium is sometimes seen in the waters before the baby is born.… More
Your baby may be tested or treated because of the risk of infection. The usual reason for this check is if your baby has some problem like a temperature, fast breathing, lack of energy or poor feeding.… More
Parents are expected to visit and participate in the baby's care as much as possible. Because of the risk of infection to sick neonates, other visitors to Neonatal Care are restricted.
- Grandparents (with at least one parent) are welcome anytime.
- Family visiting is limited to 2.00pm - 8.00pm.
- No more than three people at the cot side will be permitted at any given time.
- Visitors must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.
- Vaccinated younger siblings may visit briefly by negotiation with the charge nurse.
Parents and visitors must wash their hands and use special hand gel before entering the baby’s room.
Please speak to the person in charge if you wish to make alternative arrangements to the above guidelines.
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This page was last updated at 11:04AM on September 10, 2019. This information is reviewed and edited by Kidz First Neonatal Care.