SATURDAY 16 OCTOBER 2021
Every year in Australia approximately 48,000 babies are born requiring the help of a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit or Special Care Nursery. Of the 48,000 requiring specialised care, up to 1,000 of these precious babies will sadly lose their fight for life.
Some families may spend months in the NICU or Special Care Nursery, and for others they face the heartbreaking reality that they will never bring their baby home. A reality that no parent should ever have to face.
Sam and Allison were born at 26 weeks. Debra shares their story.
"After finally getting pregnant through IVF, I experienced HELLP Syndrome and was forced to have an emergency C-section at 26 weeks. Sam weighed 822 grams (1 lb. 13 oz.). Sam was in the NICU for just over 3 months. Sam’s twin sister, Allison, became an angel 11 days after birth from NEC. Walking back into the hospital every day after was a struggle. I had just lost a baby, but still had one fighting for his life in the NICU. They moved Sam to a different room to try to make it easier. I remember closing my eyes when I walked past the room where I saw her breathe her last breath.” Read more.
Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day is an annual day of remembrance for pregnancy loss and infant death, held on October 15th each year.
Sadly, “prematurity is the number one cause of death for children in Australia.” - Dr. Robert Guaran, Executive Medical Advisor in Neonatology.
During the days, weeks, months, and years following the death of a baby, parents may find comfort in the memorable moments and experiences had with their baby, and the keepsakes received around the time of their birth.
These memories will play a vital role in dealing with grief and can often become the greatest comfort. Lifelong memories can be created in different ways, and the precious time had together should be about doing what feels right for the family.
To provide solace and support to these families, Miracle Babies Foundation provides special Memory Boxes, provided often via the hospital. Within the Memory Boxes is:
In honour of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Day, to support families as they grieve, Natalis (Australian made pregnancy multivitamin brand) is generously funding Memory Boxes for 100 grieving families.
Thank you to Natalis for the wonderful support. Read more about Natalis’ support down the page.
Advice for friends or family of a grieving parent:
About Natalis and Miracle Babies Foundation’s Partnership
Natalis, the Australian made pregnancy multivitamin brand, is a proud Corporate Partner of Miracle Babies Foundation, working together to achieve better, healthier outcomes for premature and sick newborns and their families. With a commitment to making a positive difference to women, newborns and also to the wider community, Natalis has generously provided funding for 100 Memory Boxes.
In our second year of partnering together, Natalis will once again:
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