15 Years Of Nurturing

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2020 marks 15 years of Nurturing for the Miracle Babies Foundation.

What started as a way to support other families going through the NICU (Newborn Intensive Care Unit) journey by a group of local mums, has since become Australia’s leading organisation supporting premature and sick newborns, their families and the hospitals that care for them.

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Launched in 2005 by Melinda Cruz and with the help of Liverpool Hospitals NICU, Miracle Babies Foundation was formed by a group of mothers of premature and sick newborns. All bonded together by their NICU experiences, they shared the same common desire of wanting to support other families of miracle babies and give back to the wonderful hospitals that care for them.

Founders.jpgMiracle Babies formed when my miracle babies were so young. I was at my most vulnerable after having 2 premature babies and several losses and the connection with other families was my lifeline. It is such an honour to acknowledge my miracle babies, my 3 with me here today and growing well and also those in my heart forever by being able to support other families through their own traumatic experience and giving back to the hospitals that saved my babies lives."
Kylie Pussell, CEO and Co-Founder.


Image left: Founding members at the Inaugural Ball 2006 Picture: The passionate founding miracle mums at the official launch dinner of Miracle Babies in June 2006. From left to right: Andrea Hendry, Anne Galuzen, Alex Brown, Kylie Pussell, Melinda Cruz, Jenene Morgan, Lea Tidyman, Naomi Rohr and Amanda Baker.
Image above: Founding members at the first annual picnic.

Together, Miracle Babies and Liverpool Hospital worked on an in-hospital parent support program, allowing current NICU families the opportunity to speak to past parents, and on expanding the already running, but resource limited premmie playgroup to reach even more NICU families. As positive outcomes from these parent support programs became evident, Miracle Babies was invited to take part in several nursing conferences and training courses offering a parents perspective of the NICU experience. This introduced our programs to staff from other NICUs around the country who began inquiring about extending our services to more families.

"It always makes me proud that parents have been able to make so many positive impacts to other families and to standards of care for our babies requiring specialised medical treatment. The relationships built over the past 15 years are truly special and I thank all of you for taking Miracle Babies into your hearts and helping us provide better, healthier outcomes for newborns and their families challenged by prematurity or sickness. Together we can make a difference for all our families and again to all the families who have allowed me and Miracle Babies to support them through their journey, it is truly a privilege.” Kylie Pussell

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Beginning as a small local charity, Miracle Babies were overwhelmed and very blessed by the generous support of the local community. Their support enabled us to grow and offer the very best support to NICU families and provide Liverpool Hospitals NICU with much needed equipment and resources. As a national foundation, we now offer this support to families and NICUs Australia wide.

We never envisaged the true impact and potential for change that Miracle Babies has been able to achieve in 15 years. It has been an honour and a privilege to be a part of something so special and support families through the life changing journey of having a premature or sick newborn. Thank you to all who have been a part of the story so far and we look forward to continuing this amazing road and increasing access to support and more support, education and empowerment for families.” Kylie Pussell

Sadly, the number of babies born premature or sick each year in Australia are increasing. With your help, we have been able to expand our services to reach more families. But, with 48,000 families impacted each year, too many are still going through this alone.

 

Help us make an even bigger impact this year:

1. Donate Now

A small, monthly donation could change a life. Just $10 per month provides full support to one family.

Or you can provide a one off donation of any amount. Just $67 supports a miracle family through their journey. Click here to DONATE NOW.

2. Host a Miracle Event this year

  • Host a morning or afternoon tea, asking for a donation in exchange for some sweet treats.
  • Invite friends over for a BBQ - BYOD (Bring Your Own Donation). 
  • Do you have a Christening, Birthday or key event scheduled for May? Encourage your guests to donate, in lieu of gifts.
  • Get your workplace involved and celebrate in style!
  • Get active and support miracles! Run, jog, walk whilst raising money for a great cause. Participate in your favourite sporting event whilst being a champion for Miracle Babies Foundation. Click here to find out how to register.
  • Host a Friends Night In, eat, drink and fundraise.
  • Sell Miracle Babies Merchandise at your event to raise funds.

Click here to discover more creative ideas on how you can get involved. 
Show your support, register your event today by clicking here: Activity Registration Form.

3. Share your Story

Create awareness for premature and sick newborns by sharing your very own Miracle Journey with our miracle community. Submit your story now.

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