Quotes, Versus & Messages


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 and 2014. Each message has been shared on our Facebook page and have been very well received by families who have given birth prematurely.

We invite you to share each one with your family and friends but we ask that the author is noted at the end. If you have a quote of your own, please let us know as we would love to add it to our page. We will ensure that your name is listed as the author.

Some days you just need to breathe, believe, trust and step back to witness the incredible strength of your tiny miracle….

Author
Julia Toivonen

My father gives me one of the greatest gifts anyone could give another person, he believes in my strength and determination no matter the odds.

Author
Julia Toivonen

When a baby born too soon grasps onto your finger, it is a tiny glimpse, a little flicker of hope and encouragement into understanding the strength of their fighting spirit.

Author
Julia Toivonen

From such small beginnings, premature babies overcome overwhelming circumstances, ones that we can only marvel from the sidelines.

Author
Julia Toivonen

Giving birth too soon is not a choice. It is not something you wish for your family to experience or wish upon any one else.

Author
Julia Toivonen

Kangaroo Care for the parents of a premature baby gives them an undeniable acknowledgement in their hearts that a miracle has touched their family.

Author
Julia Toivonen

I may be small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and my wrist tiny enough to fit in your wedding band but in your loving arms, my heart is immeasurable.

Author
Julia Toivonen

Be strong, be patient and don’t give up on tomorrow.
Touch your miracle, kiss your miracle and open your heart to new miracles every day.

Author
Julia Toivonen

The strength and persistence of a premature baby fighting for life is unwavering, as is your love for them. Hope for a miracle, believe in miracles and hold onto your miracle tightly.

Author
Julia Toivonen

The parents of a premature baby know most of the back streets to hospital, the best parking spots to grab and instantly recognise their tiny newborns cry amongst the noises of the NICU.

Author
Julia Toivonen

If you have never experienced a rollercoaster ride, speak to the parents of a prematurely born or sick newborn baby.

Author
Julia Toivonen

A premature baby is strong, tough, resilient, courageous, a fighter and a miracle all rolled into one. My family have been touched by one of these precious miracles.

Author
Julia Toivonen

Give thanks for each breath, give thanks for each touch. Give an EXTRA big thanks to the medical staff each time you hug your prematurely born child.

Author
Julia Toivonen

The birth of a premature baby should always be celebrated and the parents congratulated.  They are parents to a precious newborn like every other family.

Author
Julia Toivonen

A premmie parent can sometimes wait hours, days or weeks until they hold their baby for the first time. That first hold is overwhelming regardless of time.

Author
Julia Toivonen

There is a community that i never knew existed until i gave birth prematurely. It’s filled with love, hope, loss, support and inspiration. It’s called the ‘Premmie Community’.

Author
Julia Toivonen

A premature baby may look tiny and fragile to touch but never underestimate the courage, strength and determination of a baby born too soon.

Author
Julia Toivonen

Never underestimate the power of touch.
A premature baby thrives with the comfort of knowing that their parents are close by their side.

Author
Julia Toivonen

Premmie Parents

Sometimes the highlight of a premmie parents day,
could be as simple as changing a nappy.

Author
Julia Toivonen

Small prints

All footprints start small, some smaller than others,
The footprint of a premature baby starts smaller than most.
Have patience, watch them grow, because in years to come they will leave a footprint as large as most.

Author
Julia Toivonen

Take each step slowly as your premature baby will guide you. They know when the time is right to take the next leap forward. Never give up because each day is a new milestone.

Author
Julia Toivonen

newmilestone

Photo Supplied By: Love Tales Photography

Once tiny, once fragile, tears of uncertainty at first.
Months passed, milestones surpassed with many miracles and memories along the way.
The door to home is closer each day and tears of joy will soon overwhelm our thoughts.
Our hearts prepare to say goodbye to the miracle hands that saved the life of our prematurely born child.

Author
Julia Toivonen

lida2

Photo Supplied By: Lisa Nicole Imagery

The JOURNEY of a premature baby is often ONE step forward and TWO steps back….
Watch them breathe, watch them sleep and nourish them with LIQUID GOLD.
When strong enough, they will take three LEAPS forward and NEVER look back….

Author
Julia Toivonen

neverlookback

Photo Supplied By: Lisa Nicole Imagery

All footprints start small, some are born as small as a wedding ring.
From the precious beginnings of that first breath of life, a premature baby will open your heart to miracles of life…..
Trust in their determination and in time, their footprint may be larger than yours…..

Author
Julia Toivonen

1391598_558750174180407_866385597_n

Babies born prematurely FIGHT to survive……
They are determined, strong, courageous, inspirational and a MIRACLE all rolled into one….

Author
Julia Toivonen

1459896_577662155622542_151298262_n

Photo Supplied By: Lisa Nicole Imagery

I will fight for you on the days you are too tired…..
Take comfort in knowing i will always…….
HAVE YOUR BACK…..

Author
Julia Toivonen

1383842_566881483367276_868819473_n

Precious baby

The chance to bathe your little one whilst in NICU or SCN,
helps parents feel involved in the smallest of ways.

Author
Julia Toivonen

19890_514569171931841_1989028418_n

Witness the determination of a premature baby

The NICU rollercoaster is a step process,
many forward and backwards moments.
Witnessing the determination of a premature baby,
fight for life with each breath that they take,
is life changing for their parents and those around them.

Author
Julia Toivonen

NICUrollercoaster

Moment in time

If holding your babies hand is all you can do at this moment in time,
know that your voice will soothe them,
and your love will guide them,
so be patient with your little one.
Trust in their determination and in time, they will be close by,
resting on your chest and remembering the rhythm of your heart.

Author
Julia Toivonen

IM000283.JPG

Weightless

A baby born too soon………
might feel weightless in your hands.
Add their strength, courage, love and determination,
and you will need all your strength to hold onto them……

Author
Julia Toivonen

Talia2

Photo Supplied By: Kathryn Teale

Born too soon

We patiently wait whilst counting the days,
Each day is different, a rollercoaster ride.
My premmie is growing on the outside,
It wasn’t meant to happen for us this way.

The warm air flowing inside the isolette,
We constantly hear beeps from the machines in our bay.
Helping with ‘cares’, the weighing days,
And bathing our baby is a highlight to us.
Smelling the hand sanitiser wherever we go,
Hours of expressing to produce ‘liquid gold’.
Watching the doctor’s doing their morning ’rounds’,
Have all became so familiar and routine to our day.

Each journey is different, each journey is unique,
We are just one of many with a baby in NICU.
We have to be patient and be strong for our baby,
For our family are on this journey, united together.

NEVER stop believing in the miracle power of touch…..

Author
Julia Toivonen

borntoosoon2

Photo Supplied By: Little Tales Photography

I never knew a person could be so small.

Touching the hand of my newborn baby,
I never knew a person could be so small.
So fragile, so vulnerable, so amazingly precious,
Lying in a makeshift cocoon for one.

Our baby was born early, we are in shock,
The best chance of survival is with medical support.
This miracle baby has entered our lives,
We monitor their growth morning and night.

The journey ahead with strengthen our love,
Our baby needs us to hold onto hope.
As i continue to touch my tiny babies hand,
I will forever be by their side.

Author
Julia Toivonen

420655_490383941017031_41108722_n

Star Light, Star Bright

Star light, star bright
A premature baby is born tonight.
A precious gift, who fights for life,
With every ounce of their might.
Tonight we wish upon a star,
That our baby stays safe forever in our arms.

Author
Julia Toivonen

536979_490059614382797_1297883195_n

A Premmie Baby Merry Christmas

Sitting beside our baby in the NICU/SCN,
We monitor oxygen levels on the display.
Christmas feels like a lifetime away,
But we know tomorrow is the day.
This is our babies 1st Christmas with us,
We will be hospital bound with our Christmas lunch.
The hospital staff have made a fuss,
The decorated wards and tree are a delight.
We are not alone on this Christmas day,
As we are celebrating Christmas with our tiny born child.

Author
Julia Toivonen

Photo Supplied By: Little Tales Photography

Kangaroo Care

When your baby spends time in a NICU/SCN, Kangaroo care for the parents of a premmie or sick baby gives this unimaginable acknowledgement in their hearts that the child is theirs.

We can wait hours, days or months before we are able to hold our babies but to feel that tiny heart beating on your chest, gives you an inner calmness that you will never forget.

Author
Julia Toivonen

Leaving the hospital without my premature baby

My tiny baby was born three months early today,
Throwing our hearts into total disarray.
Lying in the incubator needing a rest,
With breathing tubes and cords wrapped around his tiny nest.

As i express milk droplets from my breasts,
I reflect on the chaos of today’s events.
Back in the ward with babies crying,
I too am crying wishing my baby was beside me.

The day has come to go home and leave my baby,
It is a heartbreaking moment for our family.
What will happen tomorrow, nobody knows,
But he is in caring hands and we will see him tomorrow.

Author
Julia Toivonen

No matter the gestation…

No matter the gestation a premature baby is born,
The journey no matter how long or short,
Will never change the very personal and heartbreaking journey,
Of watching your child fight for their life.
Each families journey in the NICU or SCN,
Will always be personal and unique to them.

Author
Julia Toivonen

A premature baby fights on….

A baby is born with the need to be loved,
A premmie or sick newborn are born with the need to fight on,
An angel is born and leaves a footprint upon many hearts.

No matter how small,
No matter how big,
No matter the birth,
No matter the place,

Each baby needs the very same thing,
Love, warmth, comfort and a warm embrace.

Author
Julia Toivonen

The premmie baby community…..

The NICU/SCN journey throws many families into a community you may NEVER knew existed.

It is a community full of love, support, empathy, understanding, heartbreak, sadness, eye opening moments, tears, laughter and celebration.

One thing you quickly realise though, is that it is a unique community in itself. One where strangers unite together, offer a lifeline and become some of your closest friends.

Author
Julia Toivonen

Premature birth defines your family….

No matter the gestation a baby is born,
A baby seeks comfort and needs to be kept warm.
A baby born early or who struggles to take their first breaths,
Needs comfort from a NICU or SCN bed.

With each beep of the machine you watch with intent,
And wonder how they will look in the years ahead.
As you watch other babies getting closer to home,
You await for your baby to reach that next milestone.

It’s been days, months or even years since your babies birth,
And whilst the memories have faded, your heart never forgets.
Embrace the journey that defined you and your family,
For your own experience will have changed your perspective of life forever.

Author
Julia Toivonen

nomattter

A Premature Baby Is……..

Determined
Precious
Strong
Inspirational
Miracle
Fighter
Hope
Courageous

Photo Supplied By: Little Tales Photography

Thank you and we hope you like them.