About Yasminah’s Gift of Hope
1 in 4 pregnancies in Australia ends in miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death, 1 in 10 babies in Australia are born premature.
Yasminah’s Gift of Hope (YGOH) provide A Gift Of Hope, support and guidance for families that experience premature birth, pregnancy, neonatal and infant loss. Ensuring parents receive early, ongoing support, information and an opportunity to create lasting memories and keepsakes of their time with their child to treasure forever.
Six babies are stillborn in Australia each day.
Premature birth is the leading cause of newborn deaths.
Each year worldwide, 15 million babies are born too soon, over 1 million of these babies sadly lose their fight for life.
Gift of Hope Journals are a very special keepsake that allow families to keep ultrasound images, photos, cot cards, arm bands, and foot and hand prints as a cherished keepsake of a precious life. We encourage families to write about their journey. The family may like to keep it as a diary during their pregnancy after being told their child has a congenital abnormality, write about their journey through the roller coaster ride of a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit when their child is born premature, or life after the loss of their child. Some other uses are to write about the birth of their child, write poems about how they are feeling, write a letter to their child and keep any cards or messages received from family or friends.
Most importantly families can write down details and memories about their child to treasure forever. A Gift of Hope.
Our support services are currently offered in over 100 Australian Hospital Maternity Wards, Neonatal Intensive Care Units, Emergency Departments, General Practitioners, Funeral Homes and Palliative Care Homes. On average every hospital we support around Australia needs 30 journals a month. We also work collaboratively with organisations such as SIDS and Kids QLD, our fellow member groups of the National Premmie Foundation and various Australian Multiple Birth clubs. We work very closely with Westmead Public Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit & King Edward Memorial Hospital, in Western Australia providing our unique Baby Gift of Hope Journals and also providing ongoing support, helping them through the NICU journey.
We have a number of online self-help support groups that provide a safe and supportive community where families can explore and express their experiences. It is a place where they are able to learn about grief and loss and develop strategies and whilst this does not take away the pain and sorrow, it can help to normalize thoughts and feelings experienced after the premature birth, death of a baby or child without judgement. The support group can be a wonderful opportunity to receive support by others with similar experiences.
Gifts of Hope allow the heartbreak, sadness and love for their child to be recorded as a beautiful keepsake. There is a beauty in the wider support that comes from the people engaging themselves as volunteers who hand decorate each journal with love and care. Each Gift Of Hope not only helps the families that receive them but each volunteer has experienced in some degree premature birth or pregnancy loss and they heal by forging friendships, providing peer support in each of the different support groups, helping the journey through grief by providing an outlet to creatively express themselves.
We don’t receive any government funding or corporate sponsorship. We rely solely on the generosity of the community and their donations of handmade premmie baby beanies & booties sets, quilts, teddy bears, scrapbook supplies or items we can include in our online auctions that are held to raise funds to cover the cost of our Gift of Hope journals & postage costs.