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A Perspective of a NICU Dad

Being a NICU Dad is unnatural. All you want to do is hug and kiss your baby whenever you wish, but you can’t. All of those fatherly instincts are thrown out the door and you are forced to do things that go against your very nature. It is constant worry about the health of your baby and anxiety over every single monitor alarm. This is something that I wish no parent ever had to experience. It is physically exhausting and emotionally draining, but you still struggle to sleep. The whole time you’re awake you are thinking about the what if’s and the unknown. It’s not something you can ever switch off from. But somewhere amongst all of this, you learn to cherish the small things – those quick cuddles, his finger wrapped around yours, when he briefly opens his eyes. You learn to make the most of every single moment – when he learns new things, when he gains weight and reaches different milestones. Being a NICU Dad is hard, but it doesn’t last forever, and you are not alone.…

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Sustaining Breastfeeding Together

The World Health Organization (WHO) recognises breastmilk as the best nutritional food source for newborns as it is vital for the healthy growth and development of infants. It also has important implications for the health of new mothers. Both WHO and UNICEF recommend that breastfeeding should be initiated within one hour of a baby’s birth and should continue during the first six months of the child’s life and ideally until the age of two.…

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NICU Survival Packs

Admission to a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit or Special Care Nursery can be daunting, frightening and shocking. Our NICU Survival Pack, provided to families on admission in participating hospitals equips parents with vital tools and resources as they try and navigate this strange, high tech universe.…

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Board acknowledges and thanks Founders

“On behalf of the neonatal community and families of premature and sick newborns, I would like to extend our sincere thanks and public acknowledgement of the huge contribution to Miracle Babies Foundation of Founder Melinda Cruz, Co- Founders Naomi Rohr and Kylie Pussell for their amazing passion and knowledge in supporting premature and sick newborns, their families and the hospitals that care for them for the past 12 years.”…

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Proud Goodbye

It is with some reservation but great excitement that today is my last official day as a Miracle Babies employee (though it will always be my baby). I am so proud of the energy I have shared to build and grow this organization to be what we know it is today, and feel it is the right time. I'll be watching on from the sidelines as Miracle Babies Foundation continues to evolve and grow.…

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