Sometimes the biggest miracles come in the smallest packages…

At Mater, every baby born and cared for is affectionately known as a ‘Mater little miracle’. That’s more than 10 000 Mater little miracles every year!

The birth of a newborn should be a happy and beautiful moment in life for mothers and their families, and while most pregnancies are without complications, sadly, some babies are born premature, are seriously ill, or are simply too small to go straight home with their parents.

Every year more than 2000 of these tiny babies—some born as young as 24 weeks and weighing as little as 400 grams—come from all over Queensland and will need around the clock specialist care from the team at Mater's Neonatal Critical Care Unit.

But these Mater little miracles need your help too.

Whether you've had a healthy baby born at Mater, or your baby needed some extra care and support when they were born, your support of Mater Little Miracles means investing in life-saving research, care and equipment to make sure that all babies can grow up to be happy and healthy children.

You are helping give all Mater little miracles the best possible start to life.

So thank you, for providing hope to Mater little miracles and their families at a time when they need it most.


Hi, my name is Miracle Max!

I am a friend to all babies born and cared for at Mater. 

I arrived at Mater Foundation as a young puppy in 2004 and was adopted by hospital staff after they saw me in action and they knew that I could help soften the healthcare experience for parents and their babies by stopping by for a hug or a pat.

Since then I’ve been helping wonderful and generous Mater Little Miracles supporters (just like you!) to raise vital funds for lifesaving research, care and equipment—like Australia's first 24/7 Pregnancy Assessment Centre, offering support to any woman from day one of their pregnancy to six weeks after their baby is born.

Our doctors, nurses and researchers are busy working day and night to ensure that all Mater little miracles have the best possible opportunity to grow up to be happy and healthy children.

But they couldn’t do this without your help—so thank you—you are my ‘supaw-hero'!

If you want to find out more about how you and your family can become involved with Mater Little Miracles, and be part of helping tiny babies at Mater get the best possible start to life, please give our friendly Mater Little Miracles team a call on 07 3163 8000 or email  



The Mater Foundation is registered as a charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission ABN 96723184640.