NICU Awareness Month kicks off today - here's how you can get involved!


November NICU Awareness Month is a time to highlight the importance of Neonatal Intensive Care Units and Special Care Nurseries, and their amazing staff around Australia. Thank you for offering vital, specialised care to vulnerable newborns and making a difference to the more than 48,000 babies born premature or sick each year. 132 babies are born each day requiring specialised care, sadly today only around 1 in 3 families have access to vital support, we need your help. 

NICU Awareness Month also plays host to an important day on the calendar for our Miracle families, and that is World Prematurity Day on Tuesday 17th November. A globally celebrated day to raise awareness of preterm birth, along with the deaths and disabilities associated, and the simple, proven, cost-effective measures that could prevent them. 

Globally, 1 in 10 babies are born premature, requiring the specialised care of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) or Special Care Nursery (SCN) and sadly, prematurity is the number one cause of death for infants in Australia. This year for World Prematurity Day, we’re raising awareness about Kangaroo Care (KC) with the global call to action “A Parent’s embrace: a powerful therapy, enable skin-to-skin contact from the moment of birth.”   

Here are some ways you can get involved in NICU Awareness Month: 

 Join Tommee Tippee and 'Tip In' for Miracles

Hadrian was born more than 3 months early, weighing 540 grams. Spending more than 100 days in hospital, and suffering multiple serious infections, Hadrian’s journey has been an emotional rollercoaster for the entire family.  

Help families like Hadrian's and join Tommee Tippee to make a difference to the lives of thousands of families across Australia. 

'Tip In' for Miracles

Advocate for Change - PPL

We are continuing to raise advocacy & awareness of the Paid Parental Leave (PPL) Legislation in Australia, highlighting the need for more customised legislation and compassion for families with a premature or sick baby who often find themselves needing to take leave from work unexpectedly and much earlier than anticipated. 


Move for Miracles

It's not too late to join our 'Move for Miracles' challenge! Donate or Participate now. 

Every step or kilometre that you walk, run or ride will help premature babies and their families reach their full potential. Over 48,000 newborn babies require specialised medical care in Australia each year, 27,000 of these are born premature. 



Plate for a Prem

Plate for a Prem’ at Civico 47. Guests can book a table at Miracle Babies' newest ambassador Matteo Zamboni's restaurant in Sydney, Civico 47, between 1-20 November and order a Crocchetta di Melanzane for profits to be donated to Miracle Babies.

Can't make it to Paddington, Sydney? Gather your friends and family around and host your own Plate for a Prem at home.


Thank U NICU Day 

A special day in the Miracle Babies calendar is ‘Thank U NICU Day’, taking place on Friday 25th November.  This is a day to thank the wonderful NICU & SCN staff for all their hard work and dedication in caring for our miracle babies. 

Leave a message of thanks for the hospital team that helped you through your hospital journey below.


Light It Purple 

PURPLE is the international colour of prematurity awareness and we are asking Australia to join the rest of the world, to ‘Light It Purple, highlighting premature birth and the journey of these families. 

By participating in ‘Light it Purple’ and illuminating your buildings, work spaces or assets, it will help draw attention to and recognise the challenges associated with babies being born premature and ultimately achieve better, healthier outcomes for these babies and families.