Research Surveys

As Australia’s largest neonatal consumer organisation, Miracle Babies is able to provide health professionals and researchers access to a very large community of families who have experienced the birth of a premature or sick baby. These families are often very willing to participate and share their experiences, information and points of view to help our joint mission of advancing health.

If you have a research project or survey you would like to share with families, please complete and submit the following form:

Active Research Surveys:

Research: Parent opinions on the use of donor human milk for preterm infants born at or after 32 weeks gestation. 

Are you the parent of a preterm baby born between 32 and 36 weeks’ gestation?

Researchers at Lifeblood Milk and the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute want to learn about opinions on using donor human milk for preterm babies born between 32 and 36 weeks gestation when their mum is having difficulty producing enough breastmilk.

If you would like to share your opinion, you are invited to participate in the online survey:
This study has been approved by the Australian Red Cross Lifeblood Human Research Ethics Committee (Reference Number: Klein 10012020).

Research: Use of medications or other substances to boost breast milk supply. 

Are you, or have you been, a breastfeeding mother?
Researchers from the Robinson Research Institute at the University of Adelaide want to better understand what women think about using medications or other substances (such as herbs) for boosting breast milk supply. Women who give birth preterm often struggle with low breast milk supply. Local studies have shown that up to 1 in 3 mothers of preterm infants report using medications to boost their breast milk supply, but no National study has been performed to identify contemporary patterns in the use of these medications. This research will directly inform future research activities and the development of information to provide to women following preterm birth to help optimise the provision of their own breast milk to their infants. 

If you would like to share your thoughts or experiences on this topic, then you are invited to take part in an online survey. 
This survey will take approximately 10-20 minutes to complete. You can choose to keep your survey responses anonymous and all responses will be de-identified for publication purposes.
If you would like more information about the study, or have any questions, please contact Dr Luke Grzeskowiak:
Complete survey:
This study has been approved by the University of Adelaide Human Research Ethics Committee (Study ref: H-2019-33934).


Research: Helping babies grow up happy and healthy. 

We want to hear from people who have or previously had a baby who was admitted to a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) or special care nursery (SCN) and people who were admitted to a NICU or SCN when they were babies.

Most research focuses on what researchers or health professionals think are important problems or challenges. However, people who have been patients in NICU/SCN and their parents are also experts at knowing what could be improved, based on their experiences.
This project is about understanding what people who have experienced NICU/SCN think are important problems or challenges for research to address.

Participants will be asked to answer three online surveys. Adults aged 18 years and over can participate. Participation in this study is completely voluntary.

Complete survey: or email to find out more. Ethics Approval/ HREC Reference Number: HREC/56951/RCHM-2019.


Research Subject: Differences in Perceived Control, Self-Efficacy and Growth in Mothers of Low-Risk Preterm, High-Risk Preterm versus Full-Term Infants.
This research aims to explore how premature versus full-term childbirth may influence a mother's sense of control over her baby’s health, her personal growth and her level of self-confidence with caring for her baby. If you have a baby currently aged 12 months or less, and are currently in a relationship with your baby's biological father, we are grateful if you could complete my 45-min online survey:
Please share this survey with other mothers who fit the above criteria. Your opinions and experiences as a mother are vital to helping new mums. 'This research will expand knowledge on the psychological impact that giving birth to a preterm infant has on a mother. The study will consider how the birth of a preterm infant can influence maternal growth and self-confidence in caring for them. It will also investigate maternal beliefs about one's ability to influence the future health outcomes of their baby. Ultimately, this research aims to address a substantial gap in our knowledge, and invigorate highly needed resource allocation to these parents.' 
Please contact the researcher Bhiravi Thambi at if you have any concerns or questions.

The study is being funded by the School of Social Sciences and Psychology at Western Sydney University. This study has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee at Western Sydney University. The ethics reference number is: H13250



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