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MIRACLE BABIES FOUNDATION
Miracle Babies Foundation volunteer Joanne Sattler with her six-month-old son Avery who was born almost
three months premature.
Photo: Matt Bedford
Although each and every new baby is
considered a miracle, some have
rougher starts to life than others.
Joanne Sattler has two "miracle
babies", both born premature.
Her first son Xavier, now three, was
born at 28 weeks and her second son
Avery, now six months old, was born
at 29 weeks.
Both boys spent about 60 days in the
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and
"The first time I was in denial a bit
about everything, Joanne said.
He s fine, he ll be right, he ll be
It s something you don t really
think about while you re pregnant, or
before you re pregnant," she said.
Joanne gave birth to Xavier in
Brisbane and made the move to
Canberra not long after.
"I didn t know anybody in Canberra
so I went to a pregnancy, babies and
children s expo and I saw Miracle
Babies Foundation there, she said.
They started talking to me about it
and I said, Oh, I ve got a miracle
Joanne found out about nurture
groups, which Miracle Babies
Foundation runs to provide support to
parents of sick or premature newborns.
"It was the best thing I ever did. I
met people here in Canberra and now
a lot of my friends are premmie baby
oriented, if not they re friends of other
friends, she said. It was the first step
of making new friends and Canberra
becoming a home.
After falling pregnant for the second
time, Joanne decided she wanted to
give back to the group which had given
her so much. She became co-ordinator
for the nurture group, which meets
fortnightly at Nellie Hall in Melba. It
is similar to a playgroup, but hosts
Parents can ask questions and find
out more about the challenges they
face with their babies.
The stories she has heard about
other babies in a similar situation has
made her feel pretty lucky.
The Miracle Babies Foundation
ACT is hosting a family fun day on
Sunday featuring activities, mini-
markets and a chance to hear about the
services it offers.
It is at Yarralumla Woolshed from
11am to 2pm.
Entry by gold coin donation.
part of upgrade
Work will start on a $500,000 age-
friendly makeover for two Canberra
suburbs in the first half of next year.
Ainslie and Weston are undergoing
an audit to identify improvements that
can be made to improve mobility for
older residents after being selected by
the ACT government to receive the
Territory and Municipal Services
Minister Shane Rattenbury said the
improvements would focus on
The audit would investigate the
suburbs from an age-friendly
perspective and give the government a
sense of what it takes to make a suburb
age-friendly, he said.
Measures being considered include
wider footpaths, gutters and verges,
traffic islands and refuges, and ramps
for those with wheelchairs and
The program resulted from
lobbying from the Council of the
Ageing ACT, which also secured
$2.5 million over two years in the
2014-15 ACT Budget for walking and
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It may be a month away from
Christmas but stallholders at the Old
Bus Depot Markets are welcoming the
The Christmas market on December
6 will feature festive deals,
handcrafted nativity sets and
ornaments, cards, craft and more.
The final Christmas market is on
December 21. For more information,
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