March Newsletter



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

Since our last newsletter we have 78 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 would like to offer congratulations to our prem babies and our members who celebrate their birthday in March. Isabelle (25+2w), Jodie, Lulu, Cazzy, Hunter, Willow (30w), Isabella (37w), Ronan, Ethan (23w), Ava (23w), Victoria, Mitchell (37w), Danielle (26w), Hayley (FT), Karennallan, Charlie (27w), Ronan (27w), Hannah (30w), Charlotte & Oliver (25+6w), Talia (27w), Musolissa, Erin (26w) and everyone else celebrating their birthday this month, happy birthday! 

This is a month of celebration. L'il Aussie Prems turns 2 years old! The website was created by Julia in March 2007 with a few articles, links to support groups and the forum. The forum has exploded into a membership base of over 740 members with over 120,000 posts. The site has excelled over the past two years with birth announcements, premmie of the moment, galleries, stories, blogs, premmie parents of the moment all added to the site and the site recently launched Australia's first Local Premmie Hero Awards.

Miracle Babies are celebrating their 4th Annual Ball on Saturday 30th May 2009. If you wish to attend their amazing event please visit for more information. Proceeds from their event go towards equipment and resources for Liverpool Hospital's Newborn Intensive Care Unit.

L'il Aussie Prems has a facebook page so be sure to become a fan.

We hope you all have a great month.

L'il Aussie Prems Team



In this issue:

* Welcome

* Latest Forum Topics

* Cuski Comforter

* C.H.I.L.D Fundraiser

* Local Premmie Hero Awards

* Prem on Board Car Signs

* Latest Competition

* Premmie Baby Of The Month


Our Sponsors

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Parents Oasis


Latest Forum Topics

And i thought he was sleeping! HA

Pregnancy ~ Wives tales and myths

Have you stopped?

TT (toilet training)

My beautiful boy is ONE!

30 Week Appointment

The virtual market store

In memory of our Angel Babies

Prems and teeth

All the kids

27+5 week appointment

It's today!


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Cuski Comforter

Young babies and children love to feel safe, secure and close to mummy, but we all know that it isn’t possible or healthy for us to be with our babies/children around the clock. Cuski® is made from a special hygroscopic material that has a unique ability to capture mummy’s own special smells.

Cuski is now being used around the world by premature babies, sick newborns, babies in neonatal intensive care units (nicu), special care babies and more.

To purchase your very own comforter please visit


C.H.I.L.D Fundraiser ~
Children Having Infant Limb Deficiency

On the 22nd March 2009 you can help us help the families of children with limb deficiencies.

C.H.I.L.D, in association with Rotary of Prospect, Wentworthville Leagues Club, the Helping Hands Auction House, and the O-vation Group are holding our very first Charity Auction to help raise money for the Limb Deficiency Clinic at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead as well as research into why Limb Defects occur and possible causes

Tickets are only $50 a head

For further information please visit






Do you know a "Local Premmie Hero"?


L’il Aussie Prems website seeks nominations for Australia’s first award recognising the work of volunteers within the premature baby community.


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 (LAP), an online support site for families of premature babies, is proud to sponsor Australia’s first award to recognise and celebrate the dedication of individual volunteers within the local premature baby community. 


LAP is 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. 


“As a community of parents, we understand the premmie journey and how hard the road can be.  We want to recognise and pay tribute to those people who go out of their way to make things easier for other families travelling that road.” said Julia Toivonen, founder of the L’il Aussie Prems website and mother of two premature babies.


Nominations of local premmie heroes can be made via the L’il Aussie Prems website. Nominees do not need to have any premature children of their own.  Nominations will close on 30 April 2009 and details of the winners will be announced in May.



Visit to nominate




L'il Aussie Prems On Board ~ Car Sign

Have you been looking for the perfect "baby on board" car sign for your premmie baby? L'il Aussie prems has designed it's very own unique sign for our babies.

Please send through your expression of interest using our online form if you would like to purchase one of our signs. Prices are set at $10.00 for members & $13.00 for non-members.

Be sure to let us know if you would like one of our  "L'il Aussie Prems on Board" car signs.



Latest Competition

Our next competition is easy. All you have to do is find the envelope at the bottom of one of the pages on Quirky Chicken and then email Bec with the page’s address before March 23 to go into the draw to win a custom invitation, birth or homecoming announcement or Easter card!

As an added bonus, 25% of all invitations (etc) ordered during the month of March will go to LAP!

Don't forget to mention where you found out about the competition. Happy hunting!



Premmie Baby of The Month - March


Phoenix and her mum Kyla



Where was Phoenix born? Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital (RBWH)

What was her gestation? 28 weeks 6 days

And her birth weight? 828g (1 pound 13 ounces) less than a bag of flour!

What do you remember most about Phoenix's time in hospital? All the good things - my tiny little girl getting bigger, my first cuddle, first time in an open cot and her own clothes, her first bath, all of the other wonderful mums and dads and doctors and nurses that we met who helped all of us get through what was a terrifying and traumatic experience.

Does she have any ongoing health issues? She has really bad problems with constipation which we are 'trying' to sort out - she did have bowel surgery while in hospital but they don't think it's related. She still has check-ups with her surgeon and is still having eye-checks but other than that - she's pretty good. I do have concerns that she is a bit developmentally delayed - she's been slower to sit, crawl, walk etc, her eating's hopeless most of the time, but I figure she'll get there eventually - and thank heavens for formula!

What has been your proudest moment since she came home? Which one? There's been so many - the first time she rolled over, the first time she sat up, crawled, walked, her first birthday, her first tooth, her first word 'Mum' (but only when she was upset - it was a very sad, moany mum), the first time she clapped ............ there's honestly too many to say which is my most proudest. She makes me proud nearly every day!

What is your top tip for other mothers of premmie babies? Probably the most important thing which I am only just coming to realise myself now, is to try and enjoy them - don't be so worried about everything all of the time, because all of a sudden your bubba won't be a baby any more - and you'll wonder where all that time went & unfortunately you can't get it back again!





Thank you

L'il Aussie Prems Team


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