Tiny Sparks WA

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Tiny Sparks WA’s vision is to improve the health and wellbeing of mothers enduring high risk pregnancies, newborns requiring the neonatal intensive care unit or special care nursery, and the communities supporting them in Western Australia.

The founding families of Tiny Sparks WA are Bronwyn and Mark Rose, Amber and Russell Bates, and Madalyn Da luz and Callan Phipps. Their last pregnancies were all impacted by preterm premature rupture of membranes (PPROM), resulting in the premature birth of their sons.

It is the gratitude the families felt for the amazing medical professionals involved in the world of maternal fetal medicine, neonatology, research and support services as well as the obvious benefits of peer support that provided the motivation to start this charity. It is the spark their tiny sons showed as they were fighting to live, that inspired the name.

Launched February 2014, Tiny Sparks WA is the first organisation in Australia to support families facing high-risk pregnancy, and the first Western Australian based organisation to support families with newborns requiring the NICU or SCN. The founders decided that a local focus was imperative to ensure the unique needs that come with the distances in WA are met. The fact is that only KEMH specialises in high-risk pregnancy, and there are only two neonatal intensive care units in WA, both located in Perth.

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www.tinysparkswa.org.au

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