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But sadly, not all babies are born healthy. Some are born seriously ill, some are born premature, and some are simply too small to go straight home with their parents.
That’s why with your support we can provide the best possible start to life for the seriously ill and premature babies cared for at Mater—by raising vital funds through Mater Little Miracles®.
Almost one-fifth of the babies born at Mater will have to spend time in our Neonatal Critical Care Unit (NCCU) where specialist staff treat and care for up to 79 seriously ill and premature babies every night.
Some babies are born as young as 24 weeks and weigh as little as 400 grams, some have come from as far as Cairns and Townsville to receive the specialist neonatal care for which Mater is renowned.
Mater also cares for at-risk babies before they are even born. Our special Maternal Fetal Medicine Team provides expert diagnosis and management of complex obstetric cases and is leading the way in in-utero surgery; performing life-saving operations on babies while they’re still in their mother’s womb.
And in the lab, Mater researchers are working hard to improve outcomes for mothers and babies who are at risk during pregnancy. Our researchers are currently working on conditions—from maternal diabetes and obesity, to research into stillbirth prevention—ensuring that all mothers and their babies get the best possible start to life.
Funds raised from the House for Life project will help Mater deliver exceptional healthcare to some of our tiniest and most vulnerable patients and for that, we can’t thank you enough.
For Mater to continue to provide this high level of expertise, we need the support of the community. The House for Life project aims to raise much-needed funds through the auction of this stunning property.
However, every little bit helps.
If you aren’t in the market for a house but would like to make a donation in support of some of Queensland’s smallest and sickest babies, you can donate to Mater Little Miracles.