National launch to help Miracle Babies

A NATIONAL awareness month that highlights the struggles faced by premature and sick babies and their families, has been launched nationwide.

Every year, in Australia about 42,000 babies are born requiring the help of a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) or a Special Care Nursery.

Miracle Babies Foundation CEO Melinda Cruz said about 23,000 of those babies were born premature and up to 1000 lost their fight for life.

“Miracle Babies Foundation provides 24 hour support, playgroups, community awareness and much more,” Ms Cruz said.

“Funds raised during November will enable Miracle Babies Foundation to reach out to the thousands of families affected across the country and help the hospitals that care for these precious newborns.

“Your support will make a huge difference to the journey of these precious babies who are fighting for life and the families standing by their cots waiting to take them home.”

Money raised from the event will help fund the free services including the national 24 hour family support phone line (1300 MBABIES), website resources and online forums.

Funds will also go towards much-needed equipment and resources for newborn intensive care units.

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