Toivonen Family

Soon after moving from Sydney to Melbourne Julia fell pregnant with their first child. Ronan arrived 13 weeks early weighing 1140 grams, or around the size of a large tub of butter. He spent over 100 days in hospital and had many premmie complications. Ronan’s biggest hurdle was Chronic Lung Disease which saw him on oxygen for three months.

With all of Julia’s family living in Sydney, she felt a strong desire for them to be part of Ronan’s premmie journey. Julia created a website dedicated to her son, and updated his progress daily. The news and photographs were a great comfort to her family, and an outlet for Julia during this stressful time.

Through her experience of prematurity and website work, Julia created an online support site,
L’il Aussie Prems
( in March 2007 in the hope to support parents and families with premature babies. The sites forum has a membership of over 850 members Australia wide. L’il Aussie Prems is the brainchild behind Australia’s first award recognising the enormous effort volunteers give to families with the “Local Premmie Hero” awards.

Julia won an award through her local council for “Local Hero of the Year 2008”. Julia joined the Lifes Little Treasures committee in July 2007 and has become an integral part of their team as well as an integral part of the National Premmie Foundations committee since it’s inception in 2007. She has created L’il Aussie Prems, Lifes Little Treasures, PIPA and the Premmie Foundations websites. Julia resides in the Knox area.

Julia represents Life’s Little Treasures in Victoria

National Premmie Foundation Group Members:
Loddon Mallee Kids
Lifes Little Treasures
Central Coast Prems