Jessica has been nominated for our 2014 Premmie Hero Volunteer Awards.
Jessica Anderson is a mum of three premature babies and volunteers her time as Vice President for PIPA (Preterm Infants’ Parents’ Association) in Queensland.
Jessica works full time but in between family and work, she supports thousands of Queensland families who have given birth prematurely or have sadly experienced the neonatal loss of a precious newborn.
Jessica and her family have experienced heartbreak of their own after experiencing premature birth with all three of their children. Jessica’s first son was born at 32 weeks, her second child, a little girl, was later born at 28 weeks and fought through some big issues before coming home. Her third child, another little boy, was born late in 2013 at a mere 23 weeks 5 days after a long fight to keep him inside. Sadly after a very courageous battle through many complications, her son tragically passed away at just three days old. Her family have endured more than many will in a lifetime but Jessica’s heart is always available to support and embrace any family during their journey.
Jessica’s compassion and dedication to support other premmie parents continues to shine throughout the community. What stands out the most for family and friends about Jessica’s compassion for others, was when in the midst of her very raw and personal tragedy of losing her prematurely born son, that despite her grief and terrible personal loss, she continued to help others by sharing her story and offering support to those still fighting their journey. After the loss of her son, she also donated many litres of her breast milk to the Milk Bank at the Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital so that other premature babies could benefit from that which she was unable to give to her own son.
She has been the mainstay of the PIPA Facebook page for many years. She ensures that every question is answered through sharing her knowledge and experience with other families. Jessica is a regular visitor to the Special Care Nursery at the Ipswich Hospital providing individual face to face support to premmie parents. She also helps to assist with organising PIPA’s annual events including starting up new events throughout Ipswich to help raise money for much needed items for the Ipswich hospital in honour of her son and all the babies gone too soon. She also donates her time and energy in creating a new focus within PIPA for neonatal loss and set up a Facebook page to help assist these families through their personal grief by providing parents with an information source, an understanding ear and friendly shoulder to lean on.
Jessica is a true inspiration to everyone she meets and the PIPA community are grateful for her dedication to supporting others. She continues to make a difference everyday with her courageously positive outlook and was full of overwhelming gratitude when she received the news of her nomination.
If you know a premmie hero who volunteers their time in the community, make sure that you nominate them today!
You can read further nominee profiles HERE.