Babble NZ Neonatal Family app

Babble NZ Neonatal Family app

  • This app is intended for use by parents with a baby admitted to or going to be admitted to a neonatal unit, NICU or special care unit.
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Babble NZ Neonatal Family app By MidCentral DHB


  • Education and Information.
  • Community.
  • Journalling.
  • Export data.
Country of origin New Zealand
Clinical review 

5 star review

Read a clinical review below.

Security and privacy Does the app:
  • Collect medical information? No
  • Require a login? No
  • Have password protection? No
  • Have a privacy policy? Yes
  • Require internet access to use? No, although you would need internet to share journal digitally

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How to get the app

This app provides users with information about what to expect if their baby is admitted to a neonatal unit, NICU or special care unit. It contains information on routine checks and tests, feeding, equipment, common diseases and medication. It also has information about what you can expect when your baby is born prematurely (before the due date), advice for dads and what is needed when your baby goes home. You can also read stories of other parent’s experience and journey with their baby in the neonatal unit.

For the complete app description, go to Google Play(external link) or the App Store(external link) or, for a more detailed review, see reviews below. 

Babble MidCentral DHB screenshots


User is able to create individualised, personalised profiles.

Provides easy access to saved personal articles and journal entries. 

App has a great look – easy on the eye, with a soft colour scheme and real-life pictures.

Provides very useful, clearly written information on a variety of topics related to the care of a baby – great starting point for families to learn about many vital topics regarding the care of their newborn.

Allows a user to develop connections with others with app community features and Babble news.

Written by medical staff currently working in NZ neonatal units. 

Creates a sense of empowerment and feeling of support for parents and family.

Some of the medical terms and jargon may be difficult to understand.


Clinical review

5 star review

: Dr Alice Miller, FRNZCGP, Locum GP, Wellington Region
Date of review: February 2021
Version: 2.5.1
Platform: Apple
Comment: The app provides a reliable source of information about what you can expect when your baby is admitted or going to be admitted to a neonatal unit, including real life stories written by other parents. It also provides an opportunity to write and store journals and photos of your baby and share that with your family and friends. Very useful for parents and families of babies admitted to a neonatal unit and health professionals supporting these families or wanting to gain more knowledge in this area.
Currently there is unit-specific information about the neonatal units in Palmerston North, Middlemore Hospital and Counties Manukau, but much of the information provided about these units would also be relevant elsewhere.
Safety concerns: None
New Zealand relevance: Yes, made by New Zealanders for New Zealanders.

Clinical review

5 star review

: Alice Ao, student nurse, University of Auckland
Date of review: July 2016
Version: 1.2.14
Platform: Android
Comment: This app is most useful for parents or expecting mothers and fathers. It offers access to a wide range of useful and relevant information regarding the care of a newborn baby, information about the Central DHB's neonatal unit and other interesting features such as learning about others stories. 
Safety concerns: None
New Zealand relevance: Very relevant to New Zealand – is based mainly on MidCentral DHB's neonatal unit. Note: Some aspects may not necessarily be the same across all DHBs.

Unit(external link) Palmerston North Hospital, MidCentral DHB
MidCentral DHB phone app to educate parents(external link)

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