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.
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.
It costs $143 to provide full support to a family through their hospital journey
Admission to a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) or Special Care Nursery (SCN) can be daunting, frightening and shocking.
The Miracle Babies Support Team visit families with a baby currently in hospital, inside the NICU or Special Care Nursery (SCN). These NurtureTime sessions run regularly at partnering hospitals.
Families can also access our NurtureLine 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, along with our Nurture 'E' online information hub via www.miraclebabies.org.au.
Along with support services, Miracle Babies provides families with helpful resources to support and guide them through their hospital journey, including the NICU Survival Pack. This is provided to families on admission in participating hospitals and 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?