It is becoming more and more popular to donate to charities instead of sending Christmas cards, especially in work place environments! There are so many worthwhile premature baby charities out there that rely so heavily on the generosity of you and me to be able to provide the help and support of those in need.

In this blog I am going to tell you a little bit more about four of the charities I have come across that help support premature babies and their families. There are many, many more so look out for others!

Money jar. Photography credit: Michael Longmire
Money jar. Photography credit: Michael Longmire

Bliss

This is probably the biggest charity supporting premature babies. You are likely to see posters in your GP waiting room, clinics and maternity wards in hospitals. They have a wide variety of things that their donations are spent on; invaluable research on things like painful procedures for a preemie and different care techniques and their impact.

They carry out campaigns for things like parental leave and standardisation of neonatal units. They fund resources for parents to help and guide them through this difficult journey. The develop and deliver courses for health professionals and so much more. You can find out more here

Premature baby in an incubator. Photography credit: Hush Naidoo
Premature baby in an incubator. Photography credit: Hush Naidoo

Tommy’s

This amazing charity not only supports premature babies but also supports research into miscarriages and still births. The charity is really passionate about halving the number of babies that don’t survive pregnancy or delivery. Their donations fund a lot of research such as saliva tests that can tell how prematurely a baby could be born, treatments that prevent women with a shortened cervix going into early labour and medication used to prevent heart disease being successful against pre-term labour.

Campaigns include movements matter, miscourage campaingn and a collaboration with the popular soap EastEnders saw a massive 40% rise in conversations happening in Baby Loss Awareness Week. They also support parents with really informative articles on their website. You can find out more here

Pregnant woman holding her bump. Photography credit: Michalina
Pregnant woman holding her bump. Photography credit: Michalina

Noah’s Star

This is a much smaller charity and is currently only working out of one hospital in Birmingham. I found out about this amazing charity last year, the founder is an amazing lady called Jo-Anne who had twins. Unfortunately one of her twins didn’t survive but Jo-Anne was determined that he wouldn’t be forgotten and his name would live on, Noah’s Star was born.

The charity offers support and childcare to parents who have other children. I can’t imagine the struggle as a parent trying to divide my time between a new baby needing neonatal care and their siblings at home. You can find out more about Noah’s Star here

Child colouring at the table. Photography credit: Pan Xiaozhen
Child colouring at the table. Photography credit: Pan Xiaozhen

The Baby Beat Appeal

This is another small charity that is only working out of one hospital in Preston. This is not just for premature babies either. The aim of this charity is to raise vital funds to pay for much needed equipment on the maternity ward and neonatal unit. The charity had a rocky start over 30 years ago but is now a huge success! I has achieved funding for life saving equipment that makes the jobs of doctors and nurses a little bit easier. You can find out more about The Baby Beat Appeal here

Operating theatre with a lot of equipment. Photography credit: Natanael Melchor
Operating theatre with a lot of equipment. Photography credit: Natanael Melchor

The big charities are really making headway with life changing research and hugely important campaigns and offer a premature baby and their parents help, support and advice. The smaller charities offer more personalised help and support which affected families are finding invaluable. Other charities even though they include more aspects than just prematurity make a huge difference.

So if you are planning on donating to charity rather than sending out Christmas cards whichever charity you choose will be exceptionally grateful for any donation big or small!

Wishing you a merry Christmas and a happy, healthy New Year!