Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another:
“What! You too? I thought I was the only one”
The Life’s Little Treasures Foundation is Australia’s leading charity dedicated to providing support, friendship information and assistance to families of children born prematurely and sick. It was founded by parents who themselves had a premature baby and so truly understand the challenges that these babies and their families face. We also truly understand the absolute need for every familiy to have support and friendship, a caring hand & supportive network to help them through this ride.
On leaving hospital, isolation can become a prem parent’s greatest challenge: Parents may feel a kind of separation anxiety after discharge. Separating from the professionals in hospital who have known and cared for your baby for weeks or months, to professionals in the community who are yet to meet your baby can be a little daunting.
It is well known that a premature baby can become fussier and less predictable during the transition from hospital to home. Problems adjusting to parenthood and the responsibility of caring for a new baby occur for all new parents. These adjustment problems seem more difficult when the baby was born prematurely or has been unwell. Your worry may be heightened again if you come home during the winter period.
You are right to be cautious, you will have spent a long time in hospital and do not wish to return, many find the answer to this is to shut themselves up in their homes, not allow visitors in and refuse to go out. This may help baby but it can be potentially harmful to mum & dad. You will need to have an outlet, somewhere or one you can go to for support or to just talk to. Not having this outlet will only serve to heighten your stress levels.
The Foundation provides extensive support for families and their babies through:
- Informative website and information sheets
- iPhone & Android apps which provide critical medical information for NICU and SCN
- iPhone app which helps parents track their premature baby’s development
- Free hospital resource Folder for families “A Guiding Hand to NICU & Special Care”
- Free hospital book for families “A Guiding Hand to Special Care Nurseries”
- Free hospital Tip Sheets – providing families with quick relevant information
- Free hospital Reading Program – “Books and Bubs”
- Free Webinars designed to provide professionals & families access to the latest information & resources for a child’s development.
- Newsletter which provides parents with updated and relevant information (2 editions a year)
- “Treasure Time” community support & playgroups
- Hospital support for families
- 24 hour support line 1300 MYPREMMIE
- Parent Support Network
- Parent Stories and Gallery
- Dedicated dad’s section on website
- Tips for Friends and Families
- Downloadable posters
- Premmie Milestone Cards
- Online community through Facebook/Twitter
- Family social activities/events (incl annual National Charity Fun Walk -“Walk for Prems”)
- Financial and Material “Family Assistance Programs”, assisting families both in hospital and at home, throughout Australia
- Access and encouragement for family involvement in relevant and current research
Information for Families
We know that this is a worrying time for you and your family. You probably never imagined that this could happen to you. As parents of premature babies, we understand the rollercoaster ride that you must be experiencing. Whether you are pregnant, have just had a premature baby, or are the family or friends of an NICU or SCN baby our range of articles on prematurity information will help you understand more about pre-term birth and the implications.
Read them HERE
Pros for talking it out
- When we shut ourselves off from others we only have our own counsel, and that can lead to extremely stressful situations when dealing with a prem baby just home from hospital.
- Contact is important for our emotional and mental health.
- You need to be able to share your highs & lows
Don’t do it alone – It’s important that you don’t isolate yourself. we are here to provide you with friendship, support and information. To help you through this difficult period. We have all been there do understand that you may not want to be out & about but please do give us a call or email anytime or Join our Facebook Community.
Or visit the links below to see how else we can support services can help you