L’il Aussie Prems Foundation Inc. will hold its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, 27th October 2015. The meeting will be held via Skype to elect the new committee and provide an overview of our charity during the last financial year
Our new Essentials Bag will be donated to any new family who arrives at Ronald McDonald House Monash with a premature baby receiving care at Monash Children’s Hospital in Clayton. Our bags ensure parents will have essential toiletries after being discharged from hospital and into their new home-away-from-home
What an incredible day we all had getting our green on in April!! Hundreds of photos were submitted on social media by families, hospitals, supporters and workplaces from around the nation all wearing green to show their support. An incredible effort from everyone who celebrated the day and participated in raising awareness of premature birth
The Ritchie Centre is carrying out studies to determine the long-term effects of preterm birth and fetal growth restriction on cardiosvascular control and function in children aged between 10 and 12 years. They are looking for volunteers of children who were born preterm (between 25 and 34 weeks gestation) with an average birth weight for their gestational age
We have officially launched our L’il Appers Support Program at Frances Perry House in Melbourne. Support is vital for a positive outlook and mental health during both the pregnancy and the days or weeks following on from birth and our unique project will now help to connect their families to our online support services
We are thrilled to share the exciting news that our L'il Appers Support Program is now supporting families at Ronald McDonald House Monash. We donated two iPads to Ronald McDonald House Monash to help connect their families to our online support services.
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»
The L'il Aussie Prems Newsletter is sent on a bi-monthly basis. The newsletter features website news, latest threads on our premature baby support forum, featured products, articles, events, premmie of the moment & more Read More»
In November 2014, our Foundation kindly donated a $2,500 motorized recliner chair to the Royal Women’s Hospital NISC unit. The chair is designed to support kangaroo care, and to help improve the NISC experience for the parents and the many ... Read More»
Melbourne hip hop artist, Tee Mac has released a touching tribute to anyone who has ever lost a child. The song "Tears Drop" came about after Tee Mac himself suffered the heartbreaking loss of his first child born at 22 ... Read More»
We have proudly partnered with Ronald McDonald House Monash and together, we have launched the L’il Hands Accommodation Support program, a joint initiative in September 2014. Our charity is contributing $300 per month towards the cost of accommodating families at ... Read More»
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 ... Read More»
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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
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)
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)
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
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
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
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