Every Child Born is a Miracle
Approximately 12.3% of live births in the United States result in a premature birth. Preterm birth is the second leading cause of infant mortality in the United States. Preterm births are responsible for 75% of neonatal mortality and 50% of long-term neurologic impairments in children.
“As a perinatologist (high-risk obstetrician), I have the privilege of working with a great number of brave, hopeful women and their families. It is their courage during times of great difficulty that inspired me to form Miracle Babies” says founder, Dr. Sean Daneshmand.
Miracle Babies believes that every child born is a miracle. Some babies, though, need a little extra help as they begin their lives and this organization is dedicated to those angels and their loving parents.
Approximately 12.3% of live births in the US result in a premature birth. Preterm birth is the second leading cause of infant mortality in the US. Preterm births are responsible for 75% of neonatal mortality and 50% of long-term neurologic impairments in children.
Over 5,000 babies are born prematurely in San Diego each year. According to Managed Care, the average medical costs through the first year of life for a preterm baby are $32,000 versus $3,000 for a full-term infant.
We have seen families lives turned upside down as they rise to the challenge of caring for a premature or sick newborn that must spend time in the NICU. In the face of dealing with the uncertainty associated with the prognosis of their child’s outcome, parents of these patients often face severe financial hardship, such as losing their homes and even their livelihoods.This is why we need to help.
Miracle Babies believes that every parent should be able to see their child while they are in the NICU. Not only is it important for the parents, but it is good for the baby as well. Many hospitals promote “kangaroo care” or skin-to-skin contact, whose benefits include: stable heartbeat and breathing, warmth, better weight gain and emotional bonding. By providing grants directly to families which can help pay for gas, food, lodging or other needs, we hope to make it easier for families to spend more time in the hospital with their loved one.
In 2011, Miracle Babies provided over $90,500 in grants to 290 families in NICUs for immediate needs such as gas, food, lodging, baby supplies and childcare through our Family Assistance program. These families were located in 20 states in 51 different hospitals across the country; 152 families were from San Diego or Imperial County.
“Miracle Babies is a reflection of true hope and selfless giving from the hearts.” – Parents of Miracle Baby Miya.
Having a child in the NICU is an experience that cannot be easily understood unless it has been experienced.Worried parents forget the daydreams of new cribs and baby clothes and focus, instead, on watching their loved one learn how to breathe and eat.Tubes and tests become second nature and the constant beeping of monitors becomes a background noise that never quite fades away.It is not an experience that new moms and dads should have to go through which is way Miracle Babies continues to advance our efforts to improve the lives of the many phenomenal parents & children who need our assistance.
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Health and Well Being
Miracle Babies 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.
- This Achievement raised $469,622
- This charity raised $280,276 in the past year
- This Achievement helped 2,600 people
- This charity helped 5,800 people in the past year
- This Achievement provided over $90,500 to 290 families in NICUs for immediate needs such as gas, food, lodging, baby supplies and childcare