Ethan’s Story

First Day: It was about 3:00am on Sunday 16th November 2014 when i got the news, our son would be born in hours, not months like we had always expected. We were informed of the situation, that our son, our first child and first grandchild on both sides, had a 60%...

A Big Brownie Award to Katrina & Emma

Katrina & Emma held a bake sale at their offices and raised a total of about $2,300. Katrina says the NICF is very close to her heart as her little man was born at 25weeks gestation. He spent 5 months in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Canberra Hospital....

Baking Big for Babies

Well done Katrina and Noor. Katrina Summerell & friend Emma raised $2,394. Noor Mazen raised $4,000+. Katrina’s son was born at 25 weeks, 4 years ago. Noor’s at 23 weeks. Both boys had surgeries & complications including ROP & retinal detachment requiring...

WOMBAT’s prove a huge success

Great feedback on our WOMBATs from the NICU Lactation Consultant: Hi Peter, Just reporting in, the Wombats continue to be a tremendous success. Their shape holds well with handwashing too. I have just delivered a set to a family. Their baby has been born at 24 weeks....

Leila’s Story

Emma’s Diary Note: 21/11/16: Oral glucose tolerance test at TCH followed by growth scan at Fetal Medicine Unit (FMU). 25 weeks + 4 days. Due date: 3/3/17. Little did I know that our world was about to be turned upside down, with the scan identifying the likely early...

Projecteers needed

Do you have time on your hands and willing to commit to a project? We have a number of one-off projects that we need help co-ordinating and running. If you have a particular skill that you believe would help out the NICF we would love to hear from you. Please fill out...

Churchill Scholarship provides new insights

Thanks to a Winston Churchill Fellowship I have been able to travel to New Zealand, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom to meet with similar charities to the NICF. I have learned so much on this study tour and I look forward to putting mush of what I have learnt...

Wombats find a home in neonatal intensive care unit.

Wombat is the acronym for “Wiff of Mothers Breast Milk at any time”. They are a soft, small piece of 100% bamboo natural jersey fabric. A mother is given two, one is for her to place in her bra and one for the baby. Each time the mother visits her baby/babies in the...

NICF Funded Lactation Consultant Trial a Huge Success  

Recently at the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand Conference 2018, research nurse Marg Broom from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Special Care Nursery (NICU/SCN) at Canberra’s Centenary Hospital for Women and Children presented a project that...

Angelina’s Story

Angelina’s Story With thanks to journalist Kimberley Le Lievre At 25 weeks pregnant, Yvonne Doreski woke up feeling great. After severe morning sickness during her first trimester, she was happy to have that behind her. But just a few hours later, that feeling had...