Our L'il Aussie Prems Foundation A4 Wall Photo Community Calendars are a unique yearly Christmas tradition that has been taking place in our community for the past six years. We welcome all families to join us in creating this wonderful collection of premmie children together. When the year is finished, you can put the calendar aside as a wonderful keepsake.
In September, Our Foundation kindly donated an Astodia Diaphanoscope to Dandenong Hospital’s Special Care Nursery. The donation will help assist medical staff to locate blood vessels easily for safe puncture. In cases of difficult vessel conditions which are most common for premature babies
In July, our Foundation kindly donated a Cannon EOS 1200D Camera, EF 50mm lense, ultra memory card (32gb), an additional battery for camera, a lowepro camera bag and 4 x Premmie Nests to Royal Darwin Hospital's NICU/SCN.
We are thrilled to launch L’il Appers, our ipad support program to help connect families to our online support services whilst in hospital. In August, we donated two ipad’s to our friends at St Vincent’s Private Hospital in Melbourne to directly assist these families and to officially launch the program
In February 2014, we launched the 'Little Darlings' knitting project for Australian knitters. If you love to knit, Patons have supplied That's Life readers with a premmie beanie and booties pattern so you can lend a hand.
In May, our Foundation kindly donated 2 Portable DVD players and DVD movies to Mater’s NCCU in Queensland. This donation will help assist parents and families visiting their baby in NCCU and enable the staff to use the portable DVD players for training purposes.
Our Premmie Hero Volunteer Awards are an Australian first in recognising and celebrating the dedication of individual volunteers within the premature baby community. Nominations open on Tuesday, 1st July Read More»
On Sunday, 27th July our Run Melbourne team took to the streets of Melbourne to walk and run in support of our Foundation. The team consisted of 3 committee members, an amazing family who currently have their little boy in ... Read More»
Each of our nine committee members volunteer from our own homes and whilst we do not have an office, being a charity focused to providing 'online' support, we do need computers, printers, laptops, software to be able to do what ... Read More»
Below is a list of beautiful messages that we have compiled together for families of premature babies. Each message has been written direct in support of our Foundation throughout 2012, 2013 & 2014. Each message has been shared on our ... Read More»
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L’il Aussie Prems is my “mothers group”. When I came home with the boys I was alone , isolated and scared. I stumbled across LAP. I have found that the mums all helped me feel welcome & normal. I was no longer isolated as a new mum. It is also the one place where milestones mean so much, even the small milestones. I can get excited about little things and not feel silly sharing them with you guys.
Jules, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for creating a forum that reaches out & connects so many. I am proud to be a LAP member.
Jenny & twins Thomas & Alexander (born at 24 weeks) – VIC
Having a premmie baby can be a really lonely and scary experience. LAP helped me through the most difficult journey in my life to date. I used to be SO sensitive about our daughter’s size and gestation and the stares and comments from members of the public. One year down the track and I am proud and confident in telling people who ask about our daughter, that she is an ex 27 weeker, 605 gram baby who is happy and healthy. We wouldn’t be where we are today without the wonderful support of the LAP members. Thank you Jules for creating this amazing site.
Elle, Tony and Arielle (born at 27 weeks) – QLD
In the beginning it was a safe haven for me where I wasn’t alone… I was one of many. It was good for me socially as we were not long home from hospital and I couldn’t get out much being winter and being so afraid of Charlie getting sick. On L’il Aussie Prems Charlie isn’t different..he’s the norm.. L’il Aussie Prems is great…we can share craft, we send care parcels, we trade clothes…meet new friends…cry and laugh together…it’s done so much for me.
Mandii, Charlie (born at 27 weeks) & Elizabeth (born full term), QLD
Since joining LAP I have learnt so much more about toddler prems and I’ve been able to ask questions. There’s always someone out there that has a clearer or better perspective, or has been there and done that.
LAP is a family. LAP is a community. LAP is a support group. LAP is a pool of real world information. LAP has been a life line for me.
THANK YOU JULES
THANK YOU LAP
THANK YOU EVERYONE
Rhonda & Rachel (born at 24 weeks) – QLD
At first L’il Aussie Prems was a wealth of information to me about Premature birth. I wasn’t sure about joining the forum at first, being the only male at the time, but everyone was fantastic. Once I was on the forum I found a new home. It is somewhere where I could share my feelings without being insecure. There were times where I did it really tough with Kai and LAP enabled me to reflect, share and move through his journey. On LAP I feel like I can be myself.
Thank you for being so welcoming and accepting of a Dad and thank you for making the winding road of premature birth far easier to climb.
Sean dad to Kai (born at 32 weeks) – VIC
I too was not sure about joining the forum but did so on the advice from my GP to help with my PND. Here I found a place that was secure and supportive especially in the first year of Josh’s life where much of it was spent at home for fear of sickness and readmission to hospital. I was determined once home we were not going back even though it meant living in isolation. This forum has allowed me to discuss my thoughts no matter how stupid they have felt at the time and have been met with responses of understanding, support and true kindness.
Kate, Joshua (born at 30 weeks)
Lil Aussie Prems has been a life saver! The incredible wealth of information available from not only the website but also its forum members is incredible. The forum and its members are wonderful, caring and very supportive! We have all shared our joys, sadness, troubles, you name it we share it and we provide support to one another that we need. LAP is not just a group of random people – we are a family!
Sarah, Hayden (32 weeks) & William (30 weeks)
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