1,000 more families to receive Grad Bag

The Miracle Babies Grad Bag, a new resource supporting families in their transition home, was launched as a trial in 2018. This pack includes helpful information and items to provide reassurance and confidence as they find their new normal. The launch of the Grad Bag was proudly supported by BabyLove Nappies and was initially available via participating hospitals.

1,000 Grad Bags were distributed to families between August 2018 and August 2019.

From September 2019, Miracle Babies Foundation is proud to announce that a further 1,000 families will receive the Miracle Babies Grad Bag over the next 12 months, that’s 2,000 families in total.

Every year in Australia, 48,000 babies are born premature or sick and these babies can spend anywhere up to one year in hospital. For families finally able to take their baby home, it can be both exciting and daunting.  

 “Going home is a major milestone for families with a premature or sick newborn. Finally being able to take your baby home after weeks or months being cared for in the NICU or Special Care Nursery is a moment these families will never forget, it’s the moment they have been longing for since their precious baby was born. At the same time though, it can bring so many mixed emotions. Suddenly you’re on your own, you don’t have the safety of doctors and nurses close by. This can be really frightening for parents. Through the introduction of this new resource, we are proud to be able to bring these families the extra support that they need at this special time. To celebrate with them and also make sure that they feel confident and reassured, and that they have access to the information and support that they need after they have left the hospital.” – Kylie Pussell, CEO and Co-Founder, Miracle Babies Foundation

BabyLove Nappies, proud launch partner, will sponsor 650 bags this year. Liverpool Council will also sponsor 500 bags for local Liverpool families.

 

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“The journey that started once we were home from the NICU with our first child was difficult for us.  Once home from NICU, our daughter had 12-months of monthly follow up appointments with the hospital, as well as pediatrician visits and GP check-ups.  It was an emotionally exhausting time for our family, there was a lot of unknown and a lot of worry with her condition.  Be sure to confront your emotions, be sure to talk to your partner/family, be sure to acknowledge the situation, but most of all, be sure to accept the help and guidance provided for you.  Being a NICU parent is a unique ride, it is hard to explain it to someone who has not experienced all the emotion and concern that is involved.” – Nicole, mum to two premature babies

To request a pack, email info@miraclebabies.org.au.

Already receive a Miracle Babies Grad Bag? We would love to hear your feedback: https://miraclebabies.org.au/families/support/grad-bag/

 

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Miracle Babies Foundation

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