Mission for Miracles   


Vital Support for Families with a Premature or Sick Newborn

Each year, more than 48,000 babies are born premature or sick and sadly, up to 1,000 babies will lose their fight for life. Support for these families is vital, however today many families are going through this difficult journey alone.

Having a baby born premature or sick can be life-changing, it affects the entire family. Parents who have had a premature or sick newborn are at increased risk of developing post-natal depression, anxiety and PTSD and many babies can face lifelong challenges including disabilities, developmental delays and behavioural challenges. Connecting with others who have also been through a similar experience helps these families cope with the emotional and challenging journey.

Our support services and resources are provided FREE to families nationally, offering emotional support and connection, from a threatened pregnancy, throughout their hospital stay and for years beyond.

It costs $143 to provide support to just one family through their hospital journey, and $715 to continue this support during the first year after leaving the hospital with our NurtureProgram. This includes costs for support teams, supplies, operational costs and resources for these families and hospitals.  

Please join us in our Mission to achieve 'better, healthier outcomes for more families challenged by prematurity or sickness'.

What does Miracle Babies Foundation do?

Miracle Babies Foundation is Australia’s leading not-for-profit organisation providing much needed support for premature and sick newborns, their families and the hospitals that care for them.

By donating weekly or monthly, you can make a big difference to the lives of at least one of these families in the long-term.

$715 will provide full support to a family during the first year after leaving the hospital with our NurtureProgram. This includes costs for support teams, supplies, operational costs and resources for these families and hospitals.  .

Globally Recognised Support Program:
Our comprehensive NurtureProgram consists of;

NurtureLine: 24-hour family support line with access to a trained support team.

NurtureTime: Facilitated by qualified Miracle Babies Foundation volunteers, these support sessions operate within Australian NICU’s and online, providing vital, comforting emotional support.

NurtureGroups:Out-of-hospital play and support groups for families and carers who have experienced the birth of a premature or sick newborn. Health professionals such as speech pathologists, physiotherapists, family support nurses, social workers and occupational therapists may also attend NurtureGroups to support families.


Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we’re adapting to the current situation and developing relevant and current support options through online platforms for families to connect with others who understand.

To ensure continued support for families, our NurtureLine (24 Hour Family Support Line) is available. To also continue to provide support for families currently with a baby in NICU or SCN during this time, NurtureTime has also temporarily moved to online support sessions.

More information on our NurtureTime service can be found 
HERE, along with the link to register for the online sessions.

Our family resources continue to be provided via hospitals.

Family Resources:

Miracle Babies Foundation also provides emergency care packs, NICU Survival Packs which include the NurtureGuide (a helpful information guide for families to help them through their NICU experience and beyond), memory boxes for miracle babies who have passed, along with donations of clothing and items for premature babies and the family.

Miracle Babies Foundation provides resources and services to more than 90% of NICUs across Australia.

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Disclaimer: This publication by Miracle Babies Foundation is intended solely for general education and assistance and it is it is not medical advice or a healthcare recommendation. It should not be used for the purpose of medical diagnosis or treatment for any individual condition. This publication has been developed by our Parent Advisory Team (all who are parents of premature and sick babies) and has been reviewed and approved by a Clinical Advisory Team. This publication is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Miracle Babies Foundation recommends that professional medical advice and services be sought out from a qualified healthcare provider familiar with your personal circumstances.To the extent permitted by law, Miracle Babies Foundation excludes and disclaims any liability of any kind (directly or indirectly arising) to any reader of this publication who acts or does not act in reliance wholly or partly on the content of this general publication. If you would like to provide any feedback on the information please email [email protected].