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WaterWipes and Miracle Babies – supporting our tiniest and mightiest

4 mins


At WaterWipes, we understand that having a newborn baby can be an overwhelming and emotional experience, let alone if your baby is born premature and has to stay in hospital. The newborn intensive care unit (NICU) provides specialist, expert care for the pre-term babies who need it.

WaterWipes are a proud sponsor of Miracle Babies Foundation - Australia’s leading non for profit organisation supporting premature and sick newborns, their families and the hospitals that care for them. Miracle Babies is one of several premature baby charities we partner with around the world. WaterWipes are pure and gentle enough to use on the most sensitive of skin, including that of newborn and premature babies.

Alessandra Guilhem was introduced to the Miracles Babies Foundation and WaterWipes following the premature birth of her first son Ryan. As her family are located in Brazil, she is forever grateful to have received the support and guidance she so deeply needed.

When Alessandra went for her routine ultra-sound at 22 weeks, she was told that she had a short cervix which was only getting shorter, so immediate surgery was needed. Alessandra was told that she had a very high chance of giving birth prematurely.

Six weeks after surgery, at just 28 weeks, she gave birth to her son.

“When I found out that I was going into labour at just 28 weeks I was terrified, especially as my local hospital in Fairfield doesn’t have a NICU. I had no idea what was going to happen and just prayed that we would make it somewhere safe in time,” said Alessandra.

“I was quickly taken by ambulance to the next available NICU which happened to be all the way out at Newcastle. Thanks to the amazing Doctors, Nurses and Midwives there, Ryan was safely delivered.”

Ryan was born with no major health issues, however as he weighed just over 1kg and arriving three months early, he needed the specialised care of the NICU. Spending time in the NICU at both Newcastle Hospital and Liverpool Hospital for the first three months of his life, Ryan grew into a healthy baby. This time in recovery however, particularly for a first-time mother such as Alessandra, was extremely difficult.

“It was hard not having my baby boy with me at home right away. You feel this sudden disconnect which is very challenging to deal with.

That’s why I was so relieved when one of the nurses introduced me to Miracle Babies,” said Alessandra.

“The stories that I hear from other mums who have gone through similar situations to me, and the advice and support these mums offer is priceless. I don’t know what I would have done without them,” said Alessandra.

Alessandra also received the Miracle Babies NICU Survival Pack containing WaterWipes.

“I was so glad to be introduced to a baby wipe that is safe to use on Ryan’s sensitive skin. When Ryan finally came home it was right in the middle of summer and the heat really irritated his skin, so it was amazing to be able to use a safe wipe on his skin that simultaneously cleaned and cooled down my little boy. They’re by far my favourite wipes!”

Alessandra and Ryan

Kylie Pussell, CEO and Co-Founder Miracle Babies Foundation, said that they are proud to partner with WaterWipes on achieving better, healthier outcomes for premature and sick newborns and their families.

“WaterWipes’ commitment toproviding pure, gentle and effective cleaning for the most delicate skin is very important to the families we support as a premature baby is extremely vulnerable. The simple ingredients in WaterWipes can be very reassuring. With so many concerns and things to think about, it’s important that parents who have had a premature baby feel confident that they are doing the best for their baby,” Kylie Pussell CEO and Co-Founder Miracle Babies Foundation.

WaterWipes are made with just 99.9% water and a drop of fruit extract and have been carefully designed to be gentle on babies’ sensitive skin. They are used in Neonatal Intensive Care Units across Australia and New Zealand, the US, as well as closer to home in the UK and Ireland.

Miracle Babies Foundation is Australia’s leading not-for-profit organisation supporting premature and sick newborns, their families and the hospitals that care for them. Since 2005, Miracle Babies Foundation has been passionate in developing and providing vital programs and resources to support and enhance a family’s experience from a threatened pregnancy, hospital journey with a premature or sick newborn, the transition to home and beyond.

Watch more videos on Miracle Babies here on our YouTube channel.

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