Every baby born, and cared for, at a Mater hospital is a Mater little miracle.
Each and every year Mater helps bring more than 10,000 babies into the world. On an average day, 29 babies will take their first breath in the caring surrounds of Mater Mothers’ Hospitals.
But sadly, not all of these babies are born strong and healthy. Eight per cent of Australian babies are born prematurely and many others will experience serious complications while they are still in their mother’s womb.
Up to 79 babies each night are cared for in Mater’s special Neonatal Critical Care Unit (NCCU). These babies receive around-the-clock critical care—helping them with breathing and eating until they are healthy enough to go home with their families.
As you can imagine, this specialist care provided for babies at Mater’s NCCU is very expensive. It costs thousands of dollars every day to provide one baby with around-the-clock care. And on average, a premature baby will spend 18 days and 12 hours in our NCCU.
By purchasing tickets in our Mater Prize Home lottery, you can also help Mater researchers continue their work into developing potential solutions to a range of challenges that unborn, premature and seriously ill babies face.
Plus, you could also win a beautiful million dollar prize home, in return for your kindness and generosity.
Our Mater Prize Home lottery supporters have already helped fund promising research at Mater Research, into newborn developmental disorders, gestational diabetes, emergency care and complications in pregnancy, maternal fetal medicine and stillbirth, just to name a few.
Mater’s researchers are also exploring the relationship between fetal development, early life experience and life-long health to ensure every baby cared for at Mater has the best possible start to life.
Did you know one of the greatest success stories in modern medicine has been the increasing survival of very premature babies? Over the past decade, survival rates have improved dramatically for babies born at 26 weeks and above—now more than 80 per cent of these babies survive, babies like little Parker.
Parker’s mum Nicola was just 21 weeks pregnant when her waters broke. She instantly knew there was a high chance that her baby would not survive. You can read Nicola and Parker’s story here.
To help make a difference, you can buy tickets online today or call us on 1800 067 066 and make your contribution to save the lives of more seriously ill and premature babies like Parker.