Tomorrow we will be joining many people across the county and wearing green in support of L’il Aussie Prems Foundation’s Wear Green for Prems Day. L’il Aussie Prems is the largest online community in Australia which provides support and advice to families of premature and ill newborns. Wear Green for Prems Day was established in 2011 to raise awareness surrounding prematurity, celebrate our little prem miracles and remember those babies who are no longer with us.
All four of our children have been born prematurely, our twin daughter and son born at 21 weeks in 2011, our Big Boy born at 30 weeks in 2012 and our baby boy, at 32 weeks last year. When your baby is born too early you feel a range of emotions. In my case it was the guilt which overwhelmed me. I felt my body had failed our babies. Also I felt helpless, both of our boys were quickly to shown to me before they were whisked off to the resuscitation room and then onto the NICU. When I finally got to meet them, I could only watch through their isolete as the nurse, a complete stranger (albeit a kind, caring and lovely stranger) was telling me all about them. Having the opportunity to go online during the dark lonely nights and connect with others who were going through similar experiences, and read their stories helped me get through those early days/weeks and months.
You don’t need to attend an event to support the day, just show your support by wearing something green tomorrow. You can also purchase merchandise directly from the L’il Aussie Prems Foundation, or make a donation. Funds raised help this wonderful organisation make donations and provide equipment to Neonatal Intensive Care Units and Special Care Nurseries (NICU & SCN) across Australia.
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