Welcome to the June edition of “Special Delivery”, the monthly newsletter from Miracle Babies! Each month, we will share information about Miracle Babies events, news, and, most importantly, our impact. We are proud of our work and it is important to us to share these accomplishments with supporters like you!     

We welcome your feedback and suggestions:   admin@miraclebabies.org
IN THE NEWS
MIRACLE OF THE MONTH
Meet Miracle Baby Saybie born at 23 weeks in late December 2018. Baby Saybie is the smallest surviving baby weighing just 8.6 ounces at birth. After 5 months in the NICU this tiny Miracle went home weighing over 5 pounds. Saybie’s mom is “over the moon to have my baby home and to be able to see her every second of my day. We are finally together as a family”. Saybie’s mom is thankful for the assistance she received from Miracle Babies reducing some of her stress. She also appreciated the Miracle Hours bringing together NICU parents and allowing them to connect and gain support from each other.

We are so happy for Saybie and her parents and can’t wait to see her grow!
Miracle Babies Founder Named one of
San Diego's Influential Men
Congratulations to Miracle Babies Founder and Chairman, Dr. Sean Daneshmand, who has been named one of San Diego’s Influential Men by Discover Magazines! We are so proud of all his accomplishments and his continued commitment to bettering the lives of women and babies.

AMN Provides Comfort to NICU parents
Thank you to AMN Healthcare for generously assembling and donating care package contents. Clinical nurse managers from across the country were in San Diego recently and assembled nearly 100 care packages to be delivered to NICUs across San Diego county. These care bags contain comfort items and information intended to support parents who spend countless hours in the NICU with their babies.

Thank you, AMN!
Miracle Babies Featured on
NBC 7's "Inspiring San Diego"
Miracle Babies Founder Dr. Daneshmand and Miracle Mom Heather were interviewed by NBC's Monica Dean to spread word about the mission and impact of Miracle Babies.

Heather's son, Kaelan, was born at just 25 weeks weighing less than 2 pounds. We are grateful to Heather and her family for sharing their inspiring story.

Support from SDG&E
Thank you and congratulations to ‘Agony of da Feet’ for winning the SDG&E Steps4Good employee challenge! These team members won a grueling exercise and wellness competition among their peers. ‘Agony of de Feet’ designated Miracle Babies programs to be the beneficiary of their $5,000 win.
Thank you SDGE, and 'Agony of da Feet' team members!
Mother's Day Pampering
Miracle Babies hosts Miracle Hours weekly providing parents a catered meal and crafting keepsake for their baby. Miracle Babies 'glam squad’ had the privilege of pampering NICU moms this Mother’s Day during two of our Miracle Hours.
Thank you to our hairstylists Bree Torti and Jaime Kurtz , and Trish McEvoy makeup artists Sheila Nellis and Heather Arnold!
NICU Reunion at Balboa Hospital

For the second year in a row, Miracle Babies had the pleasure of hosting a booth at Naval Medical Center San Diego's 36th annual NICU reunion on May 18th. The reunion is a day to honor and celebrate children who once were in the NICU. More than 500 children attended this year's reunion. Miracle Babies is a proud supporter of NICU families at Naval Medical Center San Diego.
EVENTS
Upcoming Events:
Mark your calendars to celebrate a DECADE OF GIVING
at our 10th Annual Gala: A Night In Venice

Saturday, October 26, 2019
Fairmont Grand Del Mar

Your gondola awaits as you will be whisked off to romantic Venice. Through the passages and canals, experience the mystery and intrigue of this magical evening celebrating a decade of supporting families with hospitalized newborns. Dress as if being transported in time to the ball at Doge’s Palace for an evening of candlelight, glittering chandeliers, and champagne.  
Past Events:
THANK YOU for all those that attended and supported our
3rd annual Breakfast at Tiffany's in Orange County!

On May 23rd over 160 philanthropic and business leaders came together and raised more than  $40,000  for Miracle Babies. Funds raised will go to further our mission to provide support and financial assistance to families with critically ill newborns in neonatal intensive care units at CHOC and UCI Medical Center.

A heartfelt thank you to our keynote speaker,  Kelly LeVeque , for sharing her family's NICU story & empowering us with nutritional tips to keep us healthy. We are also busting with pride at our special guest, Miracle Mom Christine - her courage & love for Miracle Baby Roman inspired us all.

This event could not have been successful without the support of our generous sponsors -  Morgan & Lance Stern, Sue & Ralph Stern, Rising Roads Recovery, Unison Electric  &  Tito's Handmade Vodka
Purchase "Body Love" written by keynote speaker Kelly LeVeque - 100% of your purchase will benefit Miracle Babies programs in Orange County.
Click the button above to let Miracle Babies know you are interested in purchasing the book, or call 858-633-8540.
Madaluxe Sip and Shop
On Tuesday, May 14 a group of Miracle Babies supporters participated in "Sip and Shop for a Cause," hosted by Madaluxe Vault Boutique in San Clemente. Thank you to Madaluxe Vault and our generous supporters for helping to raise nearly $2,000 for Miracle Babies!
Thanks to our generous supporters, Miracle Babies had this impact in May 2019: 

  • $20,100 awarded to 54 families in need in San Diego and Orange County. By removing financial barriers and providing key resources during the weeks following a child’s birth, we have the potential to positively impact health outcomes for an entire generation of children!

  • 60+ parents participated in 7 hosted “Miracle Hours”.  Parents enjoyed a meal, participated in crafts, and most importantly, escaped the isolation of the NICU – if only for any hour. 

  • 175 care packages were delivered to 8 hospitals. These packages were delivered to parents with babies in the NICU, regardless of need. These packages contain contents intended to support parents who spend considerable time in the NICU breastfeeding and providing “kangaroo care”.
If you are interested in volunteering at a Miracle Hour, assembling packages, or making an in-kind donation, please contact info@miraclebabies.org .
Thank you to the following Facebook friends who “hosted” Facebook fundraisers in April to raise money for Miracle Babies - Aaron Boyce, Alyssa Marie, Amber Lynn Inmon, Carmen Peru, Erica Bacchetta, Ericka Taylor, Erin Hurdle, Jennifer Marshall, Laura Applegate, Lavinia Santiago, Maddie Jackson, Naomi Evans, Rachel Fow, Rosa , Gut, Roxanne Auten, Taylor McDaniel, Tina Pablo Turner - we appreciate each one of you!

If you are interested in “hosting” your own Facebook fundraiser for Miracle Babies, go to the Fundraiser section of the Miracle Babies page and click on “Raise Money” or CLICK HERE .
MIRACLE WORKER
Each month, “Special Delivery” will spotlight a “Miracle Worker” – someone who contributes to make Miracle Babies great!
Meet Olga Liebl
Miracle Babies Event and Special Projects Coordinator
After graduating with a B.A. in Psychology from UCSD, Olga knew that she wanted to work in any capacity where she could have a positive influence on society. Olga worked as a Youth Counselor for about seven years, first at the San Diego Center for Children and then at Hanna Boys Center in Sonoma. In between those jobs, Olga spent two years in her home country, the Czech Republic, where she taught English and connected with her family and roots. Olga began working at Miracle Babies in December 2017 – she is grateful to be a part of an organization which has such a positive impact on the lives of families facing such a difficult time.