TUESDAY 12 OCTOBER 2021
25th October is Grandparent’s Day, a day to honour and thank you for the important and special role you play.
Support the grandparent of a premature or sick newborn here.
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.
Congratulations to our miracle grandparents. Having your grandchild need specialised medical care from being born early or ill at birth can be scary, emotional and overwhelming. Watching your own child experience this entry to parenthood can also be a difficult time. Miracle Babies acknowledge your important role in the NICU/ SCN journey, either as a grandparent, mentor or family friend supporting those that you love and care about and we here to support you too.
To honour and celebrate the grandparents in our lives, Miracle Babies Foundation launched the ‘Proud Grandparent’s Project’.
The project works 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.
The NICU Survival Pack aims to equip families with a baby currently in NICU or SCN to help them navigate and cope through this challenging and traumatic experience.
The addition of these Grandparents resources acknowledge the difficulties that grandparents also may face, including isolation, fear, helplessness, anxiety.
The resources include:
Reading to babies in the NICU and beyond can:
Grandparents also have access to emotional support services:
Watching your own child experience this entry to parenthood can be a difficult time.
Miracle Babies acknowledges the important role of grandparents in the NICU/ SCN journey, either as a grandparent, mentor or family friend supporting those that you love and care about and we here to support you too.
Advice and tips from grandparents who have travelled this journey: