SUPPORT THE WALK

Support Miracle Babies NurtureProgram Services & Resources

Miracle Babies Foundation works in all states and territories and we know that there are many hundreds of supporters who will be unable
to travel to the Sydney event. We would however love you to be involved, and you can be.

Miracle Babies NurtureProgram is Australia’s only comprehensive parent to parent support program available from a threatened pregnancy, during the time spent in NICU/SCN, the transition to home and beyond. This program is provided free to Australia’s miracle families.

NurtureProgram Resources are provided to families of a premature or sick baby, to positively change the experience during what can be an emotional and traumatic time. Our resources are developed by parents themselves who have had a premature or sick baby,  and work toward supporting, educating and empowering families from admission, discharge, bereavement and the transition to home. 

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NurtureProgram Services

NurtureLine: 24 hour family support helpline dedicated to assisting families of premature and sick newborns. Peer emotional support is provided by our trained NurtureProgram team members who themselves have experienced the birth of premature or sick newborn. 1300 622 243 (1300 MBABIES)

NurtureTime: Parent support sessions held in partnering Hospital's NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) and Special Care Nurseries on a set schedule. These in-hospital sessions are facilitated by our trained NurtureProgram team members who themselves have experienced the birth of premature or sick newborn. 

NurtureTime is tailored to meet the needs of each individual hospital and their families, some support being delivered in the Unit by the cotside and some may be held in a parents lounge or similar group setting. This vital, comforting, emotional support provides parents with the opportunity to share their journey with someone who has been there and make connections with others who have had a similar journey.

NurtureGroup: Free out-of-hospital play and support group for families and carers who have experienced the birth of a premature or sick newborn. Health professionals and special guests such as a speech therapist, physiotherapist, occupational therapist social worker and family support nurse may attend NurtureGroups to provide information, assistance and advice on the children’s development. It is vital that parents and their children have access to this ongoing support to help reduce isolation and provide peer social connection and development support for their growing children.

NurtureGroup Online: Free support group for families who have recently experienced the birth of a premature or sick newborn, who may live in a rural or regional area and can't attend a face-to-face NurtureGroup. We welcome all NICU and SCN families. 

NurtureTime Online: In light of most NICU's being closed to only parental visitors, we took our NurtureTime online to support families via live ZOOM sessions. This allowed us to connect with family nationally and provide support during these difficult times. This service was also open to families who have been discharged from hospital with their baby, who may need additional support where restrictions impact our NurtureGroups in their area.

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Miracle Babies NICU Survival Pack

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NICU Survival Pack

Admission to a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) or Special Care Nursery (SCN) can be daunting, frightening and shocking. The NICU Survival Pack, provided to families on admission in participating hospitals equips parents with vital tools and resources as they try and navigate this strange universe. It also provides information about the availability of local/community NurtureGroups after leaving the safety of the hospital's care. Empowering families with knowledge, helping them feel validated, comfortable and proactive in their child’s care and providing them with the much needed support, guidance, confidence and strength is vital for the journey of the NICU or SCN.

What will you find in a NICU Survival Pack?

  • Nurture – A 128pg informative guide book that covers many aspects and concerns shared by parents to give readers a better understanding of neonatal care, developed by Miracle Babies in partnership with medical professionals.
  • NICU Journal – A unique and beautiful journal developed to help families document and create a memento of their baby’s early life.
  • BabyLove Premmie Nappies – Specially designed for preterm babies weighing 1.5kg – 3kg. Silky light and ultra-soft material with breathable cover sheet helps prevent nappy rash, a perfect fit for delicate skin.
  • WaterWipes samples - The world’s purest baby wipes and have been carefully designed to be gentle on babies’ sensitive skin.
  • A Special Keepsake Item – generous community donations of knitted and sewn items provide a keepsake item for the family.
  • NurtureGroup details - information on local services through our community NurtureGroups.
  • Other information and tools to support the family.

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