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TinyLife - Metartec's charity of the month

01 December 2017


Metartec’s charity of the month for December is Tiny Life which has been chosen by our channel sales manager, Tracey.

Why TinyLife?

Our beautiful baby daughter Talya was born premature a year after we lost our first daughter Alara-Mae and needed to spend a few weeks in an incubator. Tiny Life were great at supporting us with providing free of charge breastfeeding equipment to help feed Talya as she was too small to suck. They also provided baby massage classes and sensory rooms to give us time as a family to bound and assist in the growth of our baby. 


About TinyLife

Every parent-to-be hopes that their baby will be born healthy, but sadly, of approximately 25,000 babies born here in one year:

  • 2037 episodes of neonatal care was provided for 1769 infants. (Nicore 2009)
  • 80% of babies, who are born alive but die in the first 28 days of life, are born prematurely
  • On average there are two stillbirths every week in Northern Ireland
  • 1 in every 5 pregnancies ends in miscarriage
  • Providing practical and emotional support for parents and families with prematurely born babies and those requiring special or intensive care at birth
  • Funding research into
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Family Support Services
  • Providing information to health professionals and parents-to-be to ensure that every pregnancy has the best chance of a healthy outcome and a healthy baby.

As Northern Ireland’s only premature and vulnerable baby charity, TinyLife is dedicated to reducing illness, disability and death in babies born and providing support for families who have been affected by such circumstances.

TinyLife does this through three core activities:

TinyLife started out in 1988 as NIMBA (Northern Ireland Mother & Baby Appeal), the only premature and vulnerable baby charity in Northern Ireland.


The charity was established by healthcare professionals and concerned parents in the Belfast area in response to the growing number of babies requiring special or intensive care at birth.


In 2006, there came a need for change and TinyLife was born. TinyLife’s aim is to help reduce the number of premature and sick babies born in Northern Ireland and to support families who have experienced the birth of a premature, ill or disabled baby.


Over the years, TinyLife has established themselves as a dynamic and highly effective organisation which has made – and continues to make – a valuable contribution to families across Northern Ireland by supporting research in the areas of still birth, miscarriage and premature birth. This is done by identifying and addressing shortfalls in follow-up services for all those affected by premature birth.


TinyLife works closely with healthcare professionals, parents and local health authorities to keep up-to-date with the changing needs of families and to identify how best to address them.


As a regional charity, TinyLife relies heavily on the generosity of the general public and the business community in Northern Ireland to enable them to provide their services.


For more information on TinyLife, please visit their website or social media channels -