When a family travels the difficult journey of welcoming a premature or sick baby into the world, it isn't just the parents or carers who are impacted. The whole family feels the reality and shares in the emotions of the experience.
None more so than grandparents. Grandparent relationships are diverse and come in many different forms across Australia. Grandparents, grand-friends, kin, and those who take on the role of a grandparent in their family are often a great source of support for Miracle families facing these challenges.
To honour and celebrate the grandparents in our lives, Miracle Babies Foundation is launching the 'Proud Grandparent's Project'.
The project will work to recognise the amazing role grandparents have in this journey whilst also acknowledging the difficulties grandparents may face, including isolation, fear, helplessness, anxiety, detachment, confusion, and even conflict.
Grandparents are an important part of many Miracle family journeys. As a proud grandparent, please share your family story and advice for other families travelling a similar journey.
We are very grateful that you have shared your story with us.