December 2009
 

Welcome to the L'il Aussie Prems December 2009 Newsletter.

Since our last newsletter we have 39 new registered members. We welcome you all to our community and please be sure to introduce yourself and your little premmie babies to us, we would love to meet you. We are so pleased to know so many families are receiving the support they need to help them through their journey.

We would like to offer congratulations to our members and their children who celebrate their birthday in December.
Israel ( FT), Indiana (28wks), Tiarna (FT), Jess, Shirin, Emileka (27wks), Kane (FT), William (30wks), Hudson (30wks), Charlotte (32wks),  Bailey (FT), Kelly, Lillie-Grace(FT), Grant, Mia (36wks), Evan (32wks),  Michele, Izabella (31wks), Mark and everyone else celebrating their birthday this month, happy birthday! If you or your childs birthday is not included but should be please reply to our birthday thread on the forum so we don't miss it next year!


There are many new and exciting things happening at L'il Aussie Prems. Be sure to check our Forum & Facebook group page for the latest updates.


A special thank you to the amazing parents & members who help with the many aspects of the website. Your support, dedication, patience and ideas are very much appreciated and we look forward to continuing to work with you in the new year.


We are continuing to send our premmie parent bags to families around Australia who have their babies currently in the NICU/SCN.We have received wonderful feedback and we are always working on improving the information and services inside the bags. We have sent a total of 84 bags.


We wish everyone a very happy and safe Christmas and we look forward to seeing you on the forum in 2010.



L'il Aussie Prems Team














In this issue:

* Welcome

* Latest Forum Topics

* Premmie Hero Awards

Touching your Premature Baby

Premmie on Board Car Signs

* Sponsor a Premmie Parent Bag

Product of the Month

Christmas Recipe

* Premmie of the Month


                                                    

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LATEST FORUM TOPICS

If you could....

I just joined the 5,000 club

Word association

I think the day has come

It's that time of year again

Plans for 2010

True friends

A big first

Walk before crawl

Funds needed to save breastmilk bank

Prem article in yesterdays West Australian

D is for drive

Feeding therapy review

        Missing bottle                                                                                      


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PREMMIE HERO AWARDS

Every year in Australia, thousands of babies are born prematurely. Their families ride a rollercoaster of emotions as they watch their children fight to overcome the health and developmental issues facing them as a result of their early arrival. These issues continue long after the babies are discharged from hospital.

L'il Aussie Prems will be seeking nominations from around Australia of “local premmie heroes” – the ordinary yet extraordinary people who give up their time to support the families of premature babies both during their hospital stay and afterwards, doing everything from sewing tiny clothing for very low birth weight babies to setting up local playgroups for prematurely born children to organising fundraising for research into the causes of premature birth, the list is endless.

Nominations open on the 1st February 2010.


 


TOUCHING YOUR PREMATURE BABY IN THE NICU AND BEYOND

Watch, listen and learn – your baby is your teacher!

Positive, nurturing touch is important in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) as premature babies often experience negative, painful touch by way of medical treatments. For an infant to interact socially, they must first be able to control their autonomic motor and behavioural state systems. Tactile support such as nurturing touch can help your baby to settle. Factors such as the environment, type and level of procedures along with the infants maturity will affect their ability to cope with stimulation. Environment can include noise from equipment, monitor alarms and other babies crying. The overall aim of positive, nurturing touch in the NICU is to reduce tactile sensitivity, to encourage bonding and attachment, to provide a pleasurable positive touch experience, to facilitate a positive interaction between parent and child, and to encourage an improved range of motion and relaxation for baby.

Parents and caregivers would ideally benefit in having an increased awareness and knowledge of their baby’s body language, or cues as it is otherwise known. It is important for parents to respect these ‘time out’ signals given by their baby. Through watching, listening and touching, parents become familiar of the individuality of their baby. This fosters a greater respect for their child, enhancing the parent-child bonding and communication.

Body language, stress cues and behavioural states

Premature babies at any time may display strong stress cues and body language associated with overstimulation. These cues include a change in skin colour (pale or mottling), change in breathing, change in heart rate (bradycardia), apnea, change in oxygen levels and a sudden change in baby’s behavioural state. Why is it important for parents to observe their baby? As every baby and every situation is unique, observing how your newborn sleeps and wakes (their ‘infant’ or ‘behavioural’ states) will give you an idea of your baby’s maturity, nervous system functioning and how well your baby can manage their environment (so as not to become overstimulated)

Parents and caregivers play a crucial role in helping their baby to control, or manage, his or her state.

Further more, look for ‘cluster’ cues, that is, if more than one cue is evident, take a break from positive touch or resting hands and try again later. Some avoidance cues include yawning, hiccups, sneezing, facial grimacing, squirming movements, the ‘salute’ (fingers over face), looking away, jerky movements, finger splaying, tremors or clenched fists. So what are positive ‘coping’ cues or behaviours that are a good sign? Hand to mouth, hands together, sucking, smooth movements (as opposed to jerky) and grasping/holding. These are examples of inborn behavioural patterns that help your baby to stay calm, pay attention and remain controlled.

Click here to read the full article



 


 


*NEW DESIGN*

PREMMIE ON BOARD CAR SIGNS

Purchase your very own unique “prem on board” car sign for your premmie baby. Available through the L’il Aussie Prems website our newly designed car signs are a fantastic way to let other drivers know that you have precious cargo onboard.

Place on any glass surface
Ideal for car windows
Low-tack adhesive – easy to apply and reposition

Orders can be paid using paypal or bank deposit. 

We have two styles available     

Price $8.00 per sign


    Click here to order your sign

 

SPONSOR A PREMMIE PARENT BAG

Our Premmie Parent Bags have been created for Australian families who currently have a premature baby or babies in NICU or SCN. As a community of parents here at L’il Aussie Prems we have collated these bags to help other families find the ground support they need to help them on their journey through hospital.

Our aim is to keep each bag totally free to families and we would love your help to ensure this continues. As they are only available through our website each bag is posted direct to each families home address. Postage cost for each bag is $10.00 Australia wide.


We invite premmie families and the general public to sponsor a bag. Your sponsorship money is put directly towards postage of our premmie parent bags. We welcome you to submit a personal “hope” message which will be printed and forwarded to each family with their bag.






Please visit our sponsors page for details



 


 


PRODUCT OF THE MONTH - DECEMBER

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PURE Newborn Collection

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Featuring a very fine stripe for the first time, the eeni meeni miini moh Pure newborn collection is available in two limited edition signature eeni meeni miini moh colours – ‘Sorbet’ and ‘Haze’, as well as its ever-popular ‘Pure White’.

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YUMMY CHRISTMAS COOKIES

Sweeten up the festive season with biscuits that are sure to make Santa smile

Ingredients

  • 125g butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (115g) caster sugar
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups (225g) self-raising flour
  • 1/2 cup (70g) custard powder
  • Silver and gold sparkling cachous, to decorate

Method

Preheat oven to 180°C. Line two baking trays with non-stick baking paper.

Use an electric beater to beat the butter and sugar until pale and creamy. Beat in milk and vanilla extract. Fold in the flour and custard powder.

Press the dough into a ball and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to rest.

Divide the dough into manageable portions. Roll out one portion on a sheet of non-stick baking paper to about 1cm thick. Use Christmas cookie cutters to cut shapes and place on the trays. Decorate with cachous.

Bake for 10 minutes or until light golden. Cool for 5 minutes on the trays before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with remaining dough.



More recipes can be found at www.taste.com.au 


 


PREMMIE OF THE MONTH - DECEMBER

Phoenix and her mum Jordan

Where was Phoenix born?
Mater Mothers Hospital, Brisbane Queensland

What was her gestation?
31 Weeks

And was her birth weight?
She weighed 1660grams

What do you remember most about Phoenix's time in hospital?
What I remember most about Phoenix being in hospital was travelling 1 hour to and from the hospital , being there for 12 hours everyday, just watching her sleep, move and grow, thinking of all the joys her father and I will have with her.

Does Phoenix have any ongoing health issues?
Phoenix has no ongoing health issues

What has been your proudest moment since Phoenix came home?
My proudest moment since Phoenix has come home is watching the great amounts of weight that she's put on and seeing her strive everyday!







Thank you
L'il Aussie Prems Team


 




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