Our mission is to provide support and financial assistance to families with critically-ill newborns in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; and to enhance the well-being of women, children and their families through education, prevention and medical care.
Miracle Babies’ overarching goals are to:
- Improve the health of all children, especially the vulnerable;
- Reduce the number of babies in the NICU;
- Drive families and communities to become healthier;
- Reduce childhood obesity and adult-onset chronic diseases; and
- Reduce the cost of healthcare.
We accomplish these goals by focusing on critical life stage windows where effective and targeted interventions can directly improve children’s and mothers’ long-term health: during pregnancy and the newborn period. Research clearly links the health of a mother to the future health of her baby, and a NICU baby’s access to breast milk and kangaroo care to improved health. By providing key resources to those who need them most—underserved pregnant mothers facing substantial barriers to health and babies in the NICU fighting for their lives—our organization plays a key role in improving children’s and community health.
Healthy Women Healthy Children
Our Healthy Women Healthy Children program enables disadvantaged women—facing emotional, financial and physical barriers—to make meaningful lifestyle changes during pregnancy through education, support and access to key resources. Improved pregnancy health drives healthy fetal development, giving the next generation of children the opportunity for long-term health.
Healthy Women Healthy Children program activities include:
- Educating participants about nutrition, physical activity and gestational weight gain recommendations;
- Equipping participants with the necessary tools to apply these recommendations to their day-to-day activities and gain the right amount of weight during pregnancy;
- Leading prenatal exercise classes weekly so that women have ample opportunities to meet exercise recommendations;
- Providing fresh produce to all participants weekly so that women meet the recommended daily amounts of fruits and vegetables;
- Teaching behavior change strategies that enable participants to initiate and maintain lifestyle changes and overcome personal barriers; and
- Fostering a network of peer-to-peer support.
Program outcomes include:
- Increased knowledge of nutrition, physical activity and pregnancy weight gain recommendations;
- Healthier behaviors such as improved nutrition and increased physical activity; and
- Better health outcomes including improved rates of appropriate gestational weight gain among participants and fewer of their babies born large for gestational age.
Family Assistance Program
Our Family Assistance Program provides vital financial, emotional and material support to struggling families in the NICU, enabling them to provide the nutrient-rich breast milk and loving embrace that their critically-ill babies need most to thrive and to experience improved emotional health and family bonding that are essential for family health.
The FAP supports NICU families by:
- Awarding financial assistance to families struggling financially;
- Delivering holiday care packages;
- Offering program beneficiaries access to the Family Network, an online support group for NICU parents run by NICU parents;
- Providing improved care packages—including a NICU navigation handbook and essential supplies (in development);
- Coordinating and facilitating NICU parent support groups (in development); and
- Developing, maintaining and distributing an extensive list of referrals and resources (in development).
Program outcomes include:
- Increased NICU visitation, providing more opportunities for parents to provide breast milk, hold their babies and form lasting bonds;
- Reduced financial and emotional stress due to parent utilization of support groups, resources and educational materials; and
- Better health outcomes for NICU babies, including fewer days in the hospital.