Miracle Babies Foundation welcomes new board member

The Miracle Babies Foundation is excited to welcome Jo Sheils as the new member to our board of directors.

Jo has worked in neonatal intensive care for over 20 years. She also plays an important role as the Neonatal Clinical Nurse Consultant for the NSW Pregnancy and Newborn Services Network.

“I am very excited to be joining the Miracle Babies Board as the inaugural nurse member.  I am looking forward to working with the board to support the amazing work of the Miracle Babies Foundation,” says Jo.

As a mother of three herself, Jo is passionate about involving families in the care of their babies and becoming partners in the NICU care team.

"I like to make a difference in the lives of the families that I care for.  This might be through a smile or listening to a family’s story, to helping introduce wide ranging clinical improvements at a state level through my role as Neonatal Clinical Nurse Consultant for the Pregnancy and Newborn services Network."

Jo was a site co-ordinator at the Royal Hospital for Women for the multicentre cluster-randomised control trial of Family Integrated Care (FICare) and helped organise the International FICare conference held in Sydney in 2018.

Miracle Babies is particularly excited to welcome a board member who represents the wider midwifery profession and can give a voice to those who play an intensely important role in the lives of our Miracle Families during a critical time in their lives.

"It is not very often that nurses are given the opportunity to participate on boards.  As a clinical nurse of over 20 years experience I feel this position will allow me to be involved with this amazing organisation at a whole new level.  I have seen the amazing difference Miracle Babies make in the lives of newborns and families and I want to be a part of that process," says Jo.

Jo is also a big supporter of the Miracle Babies mission of 'Better, healthier outcomes for newborns and their families challenged by prematurity and sickness', saying "the support and care we provide to newborns and families during their NICU/SCN experience impacts on the rest of their lives.  In order to provide the best care it is vital that healthcare professionals provide the best care possible.  This is supported by the work of parent organisations like Miracle Babies who  provided a voice for parents in clinical trials and new initiatives such as the NSW Milk bank".

Jo Sheils joins fellow board members, Morris Iemma, Kylie Pussell, Melinda Cruz, Deborah Knight, Dr Robert Guaran, Andrew Rasby, and David Farr.

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