‘Better, healthier outcomes for newborns and their families challenged by prematurity or sickness.”
Miracle Babies Foundation is Australia’s leading not-for-profit supporting premature and sick newborns, their families and the hospitals that care for them.
Every year in Australia, more than 48,000 newborn babies require the help of a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) or Special Care Nursery (SCN). 27,000 of these babies are born premature and up to 1000 babies lose their fight for life.
For families, the experience of having a baby come into the world not as expected or planned is life changing. Without support, this overwhelming and traumatic experience can have lifelong effects on the emotional wellbeing of these miracle families. It affects the entire family unit.
Since 2005, Miracle Babies Foundation has been passionate in developing and providing vital programs and resources to support and enhance a family’s experience from a threatened pregnancy, the hospital journey with a premature or sick newborn, transition to home and beyond.
Australia is home to 23 state of the art intensive care units (NICUs) designed to meet the unique and critical needs of our earliest and sickest babies. Working with health professionals on the joint agenda of better outcomes for families, Miracle Babies Foundation provides informative education and insight on a family’s experience and funding for equipment, resources and research.
Australia’s only comprehensive parent to parent support program available from a threatened pregnancy, during the time spent in NICU, the transition to home and beyond. This support also includes the loss of a baby cared for by a NICU. This program is provided free to Australia’s miracle families.
NurtureLine – The first 24 hour family helpline dedicated to assisting families of premature or sick newborns. Peer emotional support is provided by trained parent support volunteers and staff who themselves have experienced the birth of a premature or sick newborn.
NurtureTime – Faciliated by qualified Miracle Babies Foundation volunteers and staff, these in-hospital parent support sessions operate within Australian NICUs and SCNs. This vital, comforting, emotional support provides parents with the opportunity to share their journey with someone who has been there.
NurtureGroup – NurtureGroup is a free out of hospital play and support group for families and carers who have experienced the birth of premature or sick newborn. Health professionals such as a speech therapist, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, social worker and family support nurse may attend NurtureGroups to provide information, assistance and advice on the children’s development.
For further infomation visit, miraclebabies.org.au.
24-hour support helpline: 1300 MBABIES (1300 622 243)