Today, 17th November, is World Prematurity Day: Help a Miracle

Today, 17th November, is World Prematurity Day and Miracle Babies Foundation and the world prematurity community are calling on all countries globally to make preterm birth reduction and care a priority.

In Australia alone, 27,000 babies are born premature, that's 1 in 10 babies born early, requiring the specialised care of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) or Special Care Nursery (SCN).

Morgan's is one of those families, hear their story.

There are over 15 million premature babies worldwide each year with over 1 million babies losing their fight for life.

Dr Robert Guaran, Miracle Babies Foundation Board member said "Prematurity is the single biggest killer of children in Australia under the age of 16 years.  As a global community, providing improved healthcare and assistance to other countries and sharing our knowledge can save lives.  In Australia, Miracle Babies Foundation and hospitals work together in supporting newborns and their families."

Important Facts about Prematurity:

  • 1 in 4 babies will have Cerebral Palsy.
  • Babies born premature can face lifelong challenges, including disabilities, behavioural problems and developmental delays.
  • Parents of premature babies are 2.5 times more likely to suffer anxiety and post-natal depression.

You can help by raising awareness of prematurity and the challenges associated within your local community, or by making a donation help more families get access to much needed support.

"Families challenged with prematurity are extremely vulnerable and support is vital, many simply do not cope. Research shows that anxiety and depression can be reduced through access to support services. Miracle Babies Foundation are there for the families right from a threatened pregnancy during their hospital stay and for years beyond. We understand just how traumatic it can be for the entire family and there is often a lot of fear about what's to come in the future. We are able to connect them with others who have been there, to help them through and we are here for as long as they need." Kylie Pussell, CEO and Co-Founder of Miracle Babies Foundation.

With a goal to raise $20,000 by 30th November, your small donation could make a big difference. This would provide support to 300 more families across Australia.

"What I loved about speaking to the Miracle Babies Volunteers was that, they were happy to talk about the tough stuff, they were happy to talk about nothing at all if you wanted to. Speaking to someone who understands what you're going through helps you cope by making it normal." Morgan, mum to 2 premature babies (Chloe and Isla) said.

To help a miracle this World Prematurity Day, visit: http://tommeetippeetipin.raisely.com and 'Tip In'. Just $67 provides full support to a family through our NurtureProgram.

Tommee Tippee (www.tommeetippee.com.au), major supporter of Miracle Babies Foundation, is standing with us in support of these families and are leading the charge with the 'Tip In' Campaign this November.

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