Our Committee

The National Premmie Foundation committee are all connected through our member groups and work tirelessly together in running the Foundation.

Trish Horsman -President

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Trish is no stranger to the Premature baby.

Her 3rd child Taylor was born in 1996  at 32 weeks with undiagnosed Transposition of the Greater Heart Arteries. Sadly he passed away at 5 days of age due to his prematurity and complications  .

 Her 5th child was Born in 2012 at 25 + 5  due to PROM at 24 weeks ,Connor was Born weighing a tiny 500 gms and spent 115 days in Hospital a seasoned veteran with many procedures under his belt.

Like his mum, Connor made an impact on the staff and those that met him .It was because of her journey,the mothers and babies she met along the way that she set up The Premmie Promise Foundation.
 Inviting other mothers to Join her to help support other families that now fill the cot spaces that Connor was in previously and to help those families that had lost their children to prematurity .

The Premmie Promise Foundation help raises awareness and support for all the SA families going through the Prem journey.

Trish has been a General member of the National Prem Foundation since 2013 and has helped roll out the WPD bags that are delivered to every NICU and SCN  Australia wide in time for  World Prematurity Day on Nov 17.

She  is proud to be the President of The National Prem Foundation of Australia

Cassy Beames – Vice President

me 6th dec 2013Cassy gave birth to her son Ethan at 24 weeks and 4 days in March 2012 after being admitted to hospital with HELLP Syndrome at 23 weeks and 4 days. Ethan was a tiny 570 grams at birth. He finally came home on minimal oxygen support after spending 112 days in hospital. He was oxygen free and breathing independently within 3 months of coming home. Ethan experienced many complications during his stay in hospital and had a number of close calls. He had emergency surgery at 8 days old and a second surgery at 90 days old. He has had a number of procedures in the past 2 years but overall is a happy and healthy toddler.

Cassy is currently on parenting leave after working as an Early Years teacher for the past 17 years. She has worked in a number of schools in country South Australia as well as in Adelaide. She was teaching a Year One and Two class in Adelaide just prior to Ethan’s birth. Cassy is passionate about working with young children and loves seeing their excitement as they learn new things.

Cassy has supported a number of Women with high risk pregnancies and with premature babies via  support groups and in phone calls and messages. She shares her knowledge and experience of having a very premature baby and empathises with the mixed emotions and roller coaster journey. Helping  other parents during their Premmie journey and raising awareness of Premature Birth in Australia is something Cassy is very keen to support.

Cassy donated teething jewellery to the Mums in NICU where Ethan was looked after for Mother’s Day in 2013. She also collected more jewellery which was donated from the same business for the NICU to use as gifts for parents. She is looking forward to fundraising in the near future to help NICU’s support families of Premmie babies.

Cassy joined the National Premmie Foundation in 2013 and is the current Vice President.

 

Trish Campbell – Secretary

trishIn 2010, Trish established the Facebook group ‘Our Lil Fighters‘ after the early arrival of her son Daniel, who was born at 32 weeks weighing 800 grams. Trish felt that there were limited services in her local area of Blacktown so she set out to make a difference and give families a place to talk and share stories.

Trish has been a great supporter of many charities including L’il Aussie Prems Foundation and Yasminah’s Gift of Hope to name a few over the years, raising money to help support their causes. Trish is passionate about supporting families and never losing sight of how far our little miracles have come. She has gained years of experience in running social media through her Facebook page and supports the Foundation through our social media on Facebook & Twitter.

Eileen Cooke – Treasurer

Eileen gave birth to her first son, William who was born 11 weeks early 16 years ago. Eileen has been an integral part of the National Premmie Foundation since its formation in 2007 as a founding committee member and played a key role in setting up the Foundation.

Eileen is the current Treasurer and Parent Support Officer of Preterm Infants Parent Association (PIPA) and joined the PIPA committee 16 years ago. Over the years she has worked tirelessly with regular visits to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH), organising and attending Ronald McDonald House monthly afternoon teas, hosting parent support coffee mornings in Brisbane and responding to individual requests from prem parents for information or assistance. Eileen organises PIPA’s annual prem in the park picnic and the Celebrating Queenslands Prems function. She also coordinates PIPA’s special day gifts program for Mothers Day, Fathers Day and Christmas for all the Brisbane and Queensland country hospitals, which can be over 350 gifts to individually wrap.

Eileen is active in PIPA’s community education program as well as its fundraising activities. She sits on a number of Queensland Health or hospital based committee as either a consumer representative or PIPA representative. These include the Statewide Maternity and Neonatal Clinical Network (SMNCH) Forum, the Queensland Neonatal Services Advisory Group, the RBWH Birthing Consumer Forum and the Gold Coast Hospital Neonatal Management Committee.

By profession, Eileen is an accountant holding a Bachelor of Business and a Master of Business Administration. She worked for many years in the taxation field including the not for profit sector. Since having to retire from work early due to ill health, she dedicates much of her time to supporting premmie families throughout Queensland.

Eileen has been recognised for her work within the premmie community and has been nominated for both the Pride of Australia and Premmie Hero Volunteer Awards.

Bess Gairns – World Prematurity Network Representative

DSCF7587 - Copyv2Bess and Fiancé, Andrew, are passionate farmers; growing cotton, wheat and cattle, on 10,000 acres near the tiny community of Mungindi, NSW (about 600kms West of Brisbane).

Bess Gairns began her journey to motherhood in 2008 when she, began trying to start a family. They lost their first three babies to miscarriages, as well as two years of infertility before falling pregnant for the 4th time. This pregnancy was routine until the day Bess went into unexplained, spontaneous labour at 26 weeks and 5 days. Bess delivered her son, Eddison, in a tiny country hospital. They were then airlifted by the NSW NETS and NSW Air Ambulance teams, to Brisbane where Ed spent 80 days in hospital.

Following many years working in administration and farming, Bess has been working as a Social Media Consultant and Blogger for the past 3 years. Her experience includes writing a blog for Cotton Australia and working with several agricultural organisations on Social Media strategies.

Rebecca Aziz -General Member

Rebecca gave birth to her first child at 41 weeks following a text book pregnancy. Her second child Yasminah was stillborn at 37 weeks and 4 days on the 26th March 2009 following a long and complicated pregnancy after being informed that her daughter had congenital abnormalities at their 21 week morphology scan. Aisha and and Aaliyah were born at 31 weeks and 5 days due to twin to twin transfusion syndrome. They spent 4 weeks in neonatal intensive care before coming home on Rebecca’s 29th birthday.She recently gave Birth to her 5th child Adam after a trouble free Pregnancy.

Rebecca is the Founder of Yasminaha’s Gift Of Hope which was founded in 2010 and is now a member group of the National Premmie Foundation. Rebecca was previously the Vice President of Operations for the National Premmie Foundation in 2012 until 2014 when she left her position to have her next baby.

Rebecca has been recognised for her work within the premmie and bereavement community and has been nominated for awards such as Australian of The Year, Bernardo’s Mother of The Year, Telstra Business Women’s Award, Premmie Hero Volunteer Awards and won the International Women’s Day Certificate and CHILD Raising Awareness Limb Deficiency.

Rebecca has over 12 years of experience in customer service, inventory management and retail management. Rebecca has worked for high profile Australian companies such as Telstra, Australian Geographic and The Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

 

Keri Gibbins- Norris – General Member

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