THURSDAY, MAY 6, 2021
Mother's Day is on Sunday May 9th, 2021 and is an important day to celebrate the mothers and special women in our lives.
Having a baby born premature or sick can be an emotional rollercoaster and as your baby remains in hospital for weeks or months on end, it is common for parents to feel a range of complex emotions. At different times parents may experience a combination of powerful feelings, such as; fear, guilt, anxiety, isolation, sadness, anger, confusion, and disappointment. These are all natural responses to what is a very emotional and stressful time in your life. It is normal to grieve the loss of your dream of a normal pregnancy and all the experiences you were anticipating.
At certain times though, these feelings can be even more overwhelming, for instance Christmas time or special occasions like Mother’s Day or Father’s Day. It is normal for parents to feel a sense of loss for what ‘should have been’.
For mothers who have their baby remain in hospital on Mother’s Day, it can be a confusing and overwhelming time. Miracle Babies aims to highlight and celebrate the exceptional journey of these mothers, their strength, resilience, and unconditional love for their baby as they continue to fight.
As we celebrate all new mothers, we also recognise the difficult journey of those mothers who have sadly lost their baby.
Each year, Miracle Babies Foundation provides Mother’s Day gifts to mothers in the NICU or SCN and this year, we thank our newest Corporate Partner and Australia new Pregnancy Multivitamin brand, Natalis, for their wonderful support by sponsoring our Mother’s Day gifts in 2021.
We hope that all Miracle Mums across Australia have a special Mother’s Day.
Miracle Mum Jemma shares her story and the most treasured Mother’s Day gift for their family
“My little miracle was born at 11.25pm weighing 1030 grams. All I wanted to do was hear her cry and I knew everything would be ok… She was taken straight from me and I didn’t get to meet her for a few days as I haemorrhaged badly after labour from RPOC (retained products of conception) and needed an operation.
The NICU journey then began. After only a few days being alive, they thought Lundi had Meningitis… We had a few ups and downs in NICU; it’s a very hard emotional journey. I was discharged home after two weeks of being in hospital myself, so I would spend from 7am till 7pm in the NICU 7 days a week and travel an hour to get to the hospital and home. There was nowhere else in the world I would have been than by her side every day... .” Read Lundi’s story.