Believe in Miracles this Christmas

On Christmas Day, 132 babies will be born premature or critically ill and they will spend the next few weeks, months or even year in hospital. Each year, sadly up to 1,000 babies will lose their fight for life.

 

"He was taken away to the nursery and I did not see him until 14 hours later due to some complications. I also didn't get to see my other son on Christmas day."

 

One Miracle Mum who experienced the reality of a Christmas baby is Tamsin. She welcomed baby Nate into the world on Christmas day, while also having a 20 month old at home. The memories of the day now make Christmas a bitter-sweet time for her.

"Our first child was born full term, so having a premmie was an unexpected journey we had to take.
Going into labour at 30 weeks and having a baby in a breech position meant going into hospital on bed rest away from my then 20 month old son. Being away from him was unbelievably difficult and during the Christmas period made it even harder.

Thankfully bed rest and medication delayed my labour and I was released from hospital for Christmas. However, on Christmas eve my contractions began again. So, after putting my son to bed I went into hospital for monitoring. By the time I arrived my contractions had stopped, but the swab test indicated labour was imminent. I was placed into the ward and fasted in case things changed. Two hours later I was rushed to theatre and my baby was born at 32+6 on Christmas morning at 3.23am. He was taken away to the nursery and I did not see him until 14 hours later due to some complications. I also didn't get to see my other son on Christmas day.

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Nate struggled the first few days with a few breathing and bowel complications but was stable enough on day 4 for our first cuddle. Our nursery journey was relatively smooth with 'normal' premmie complications. Which is far from normal for any other child. Watching your fragile baby go through so much is beyond heartbreaking, but so awe inspiring.

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Nate is now such a strong fighter; having faced some health issues during his first few years of life he is still such a happy little guy. Christmas day is now bitter sweet. Facing the memories of that day and journey, celebrating his birthday, and being beyond grateful that he got through it all. There is always tears and mixed emotions. There is nothing quite as humbling as having a baby go through a nursery journey."

Tamsin-Jayne Proietti Formaggii - Nate Proietti Formaggio 32 weeks now.jpgTamsin-Jayne Proietti Formaggii - Nate Proietti Formaggio 32 weeks now.jpgIf you would like to help a miracle family at Christmas this year, here's how you can make a difference. Our Christmas Appeal reaches out to nurture and protect our babies and help support their families this holiday season. We are supporting 1,500 babies who will be spending their first Christmas in hospital (NICU or Special Care). Your donation of $10 will provide a special gift to one of our most vulnerable families this Christmas.

What better way to share the holiday spirit than helping miracle families like Nate's experience the true essence of the season - love, laughter and joy. Donate today:
https://miracle-babies-christmas-appeal-2019.raisely.com/

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Miracle Babies Foundation

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