Making little miracles happen for Queensland babies
One in seven Queenslanders are born at Mater Mothers’ Hospitals—making Mater Australia's largest maternity service.
These babies are affectionately known as Mater Little Miracles and the care these little babies receive from us extends from pregnancy, to birth and infancy.
When you support Mater Little Miracles you’re helping give Queensland’s tiniest patients the best possible start to life.
We know how important it is for you to see how your donations are making a difference, which is why we regularly share stories about our Mater Little Miracles, the specialist equipment you've helped fund and the promising medical research that’s underway on our website and through our Facebook page.
Here are some of our Mater Little Miracles:
Max and Ben's story
Two brothers ... two different lives. When Meagan and Nick found out they were expecting twins they were over the moon. “I was literally punching the air with joy”, remembers Nick. “I’m an only child and I’d always wanted a...
122 days in critical care … Sometimes it’s the biggest miracles that come in the smallest packages. And before he was even born, baby George’s parents knew he was going to be a Mater little miracle. Born 13 weeks early with a heart...
When Nicola's waters broke when she was just 21 weeks and six days pregnant, she knew there was a high chance things were not going to turn out well. She feared she would most likely lose her baby. For nine weeks, Nicola took antibiotics, was in and...
Declan, Springfield Lakes
When Mystie’s waters broke 23 weeks and 5 days into her pregnancy, she was terrified for her unborn baby. “It was a terrifying time wondering if the pregnancy was even going to be viable,” Mystie said. Declan was born at Mater...
Elke and Russ were over the moon to welcome their second daughter Evelyn into the world in 2013, but Elke and Russ’s journey to meet their daughter was fraught with ups and downs. Elke had suffered several pregnancy losses prior to becoming pregnant...
When Shaune's youngest son Noah was born, he couldn’t wait to hold his new baby in his arms. But, born by emergency caesarean almost 10 weeks early and weighing little more than a kilo, Noah’s fight for life meant his parents had to wait...
Bronwyn was so excited to be pregnant—but not that her baby was due on Christmas Day! She hoped her baby would come a few weeks early to separate his/her birthday from Christmas. Born at 28 weeks—much earlier than Bronwyn had hoped—baby...
Four years ago, Shane had it all. His wife Rachel was pregnant with their first child and, together with her son Maison, they had built a life together in Townsville. Then Rachel miscarried and their hearts were broken. Within months, Rachel and Shane...
Keira and Jackson, Gold Coast
The birth of your first baby is usually a joyous occasion and when you’re expecting twins, it’s often a double delight. But Gold Coast parents Mark and Debbie's anticipation turned to fear when their babies, Jackson and Keira, were born...
Riley, Bremer Valley
Born a week after the 2011 floods, Riley made the news even before birth, when his heavily pregnant mum, Melissa, had to be driven off the family’s flooded property on a tractor by her 12-year-old son. At just 13 weeks gestation, Riley was diagnosed...