Parents of premature and sick newborns will benefit from $100,000 in funding to the Liverpool-based Miracle Babies Foundation from the NSW Government.
Member for Camden Peter Sidgreaves and Member for Holsworthy Melanie Gibbons strongly advocated for financial support for the organisation to secure longer term office space for the national head office in the heart of South West Sydney at Liverpool CBD.
Thanking the Local Members for their ongoing support, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of the Miracle Babies Foundation, Kylie Pussell said, “Support through the Foundation’s services and resources at the traumatic time of having your newborn baby require specialised medical care is vital and helps improve outcomes of the family unit.”
The Miracle Babies Foundation was established in Liverpool in 2005, formed by mothers of premature and sick newborns, bonded by their Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) experiences at Liverpool Hospital and a desire to support families going through similar experiences.
“The Miracle Babies Foundation has been supporting families across our community, and indeed the country, for nearly two decades. I am incredibly pleased that we are able to provide them with this financial support in return,” Ms Gibbons said.
Mr Sidgreaves said that every year across the country more than 48,000 newborn babies require the help of a NICU or Special Care Nursery (SCN), with 27,000 of these babies born prematurely.
“The support that the Miracle Babies Foundation provides to families in our community, at what can be the most challenging point in their lives, is unparalleled,” Mr Sidgreaves said.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard thanked the Miracle Babies Foundation for the important work they do supporting NICUs and SCNs across Liverpool, Campbelltown, Fairfield and Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospitals.
“Being a new parent can be challenging at the best of times. I commend the Foundation for providing the vital support to families that will help parents and caregivers give their babies the best possible start in life,” Mr Hazzard said.
South Western Sydney Local Health District will administer a grant of $50,000 per year for the next two years to the Miracle Babies Foundation.