In my own words ...

Having my first baby arrive 6 weeks early, was emotionally devastating. I felt like my whole life had changed. My feelings of love and elation and excitement of being a new mother were coupled with feelings of guilt and fear and heartbreak. It felt like it was all my fault and I found myself in a foreign world that I wasn't prepared for. When it happened a second time at 27 weeks (13 weeks early), I was once again left devastated and terrified, and struggled the most when we were discharged 9 weeks later and at home.
In 2005, 12 months after his birth, I approached the hospital where my babies were born with the concept of a support group and charity for families like mine and found an amazing group of mothers who felt the same and we set out to make a difference to other families and the health system we credit for giving us our babies. Within months, I found out I was pregnant with my third child but this time is was different and Miracle Babies was already well on its way. The rest, they say, is history.

In 2009, the charity went National and through our work in research we began working globally in 2012.
In the 13 years since initiating Miracle Babies, our vision has never changed - that no family going through this experience would go through it alone.

If you or someone in your family needs assistance, support is available on 1300 622 243 or visit

Melinda Cruz Miracle Babies Elijah Premature Baby

Elijah born 34 weeks

Melinda Cruz Miracle Babies Premature Baby Dillon

Dillon born 27 weeks

Melinda Cruz Miracle Babies Premature Baby Jasper

Jasper born 37 weeks


Official Foundation bio ...

Miracle Babies Foundation is Australia’s leading organisation supporting premature and sick newborns,    their families and the hospitals that care for them.

Every year in Australia around 48,000 newborn babies require the help of a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) or Special Care Nursery (SCN). 27,000 of these babies are born premature and up to 1,000 babies lose their fight for life.

For families, the experience of having a baby come into the world not as expected or planned is life changing. Without support, this overwhelming and traumatic experience can have lifelong effects on the emotional wellbeing of these miracle families.  It affects the entire family unit.

Since 2005, Miracle Babies Foundation has been passionate in developing and providing vital programs and resources to support and enhance a family’s experience from a threatened pregnancy, hospital journey with a premature or sick newborn, the transition to home and beyond.

Australia is home to 23 state of the art intensive care units designed to meet the unique and critical needs of our earliest and sickest babies. Working with health professionals on the joint agenda of better outcomes for families, Miracle Babies provides informative education and insight on a family’s experience and funding for equipment, resources and research.

If you or someone in your family needs assistance, support is available on 1300 622 243 or visit

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