A statement from the Cheshire and Merseyside Women’s and Children’s Services Partnership
03 August 2017
A statement from the Cheshire and Merseyside Women’s and Children’s Services Partnership and NHS Halton Clinical Commissioning Group in response to today’s news items: “Cot death charity raises concerns over baby boxes”
In response to the articles published this morning in the media, and comments provided by the Lullaby Trust, we would like to reiterate our position that our Baby Box initiative is part of a health improvement programme to support women and families throughout their antenatal and postnatal journey.
Although the Baby Boxes we distribute meet all statutory safety standards, and are built to provide a safe space for a new born baby to rest should they need one, it is the health promotion and educational benefits of the full package – and the significant evidence base supporting this – that provides the profoundly positive impact of our Baby Box programme.
Families receiving a Baby Box become members of the Baby Box University - an online platform providing health advice from our maternity teams on a wide range of topics, including breastfeeding, smoking cessation, perinatal mental health and nutrition in pregnancy. This is supported with antenatal appointments with their midwives and additional sessions through our Baby Box community, which aim to reduce social isolation and provide additional guidance on use of the Baby Box and its resources.
The ‘Dos and Don’ts of Baby Boxes’ published by the Lullaby Trust entirely reflect the guidance we have issued alongside all Baby Boxes we have distributed.
We have worked closely with the Baby Box Company and local maternity experts to ensure we are providing an offer that supports improved maternity experiences for everyone.
The feedback we have received from our pilot in Halton from families and health professionals has been fantastic and we are proud to be rolling the offer out to all new mums in Cheshire and Merseyside in the coming months.
If you have any questions about our Baby Box programme, please do not hesitate to get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the Cheshire and Merseyside Women’s and Children’s Services Partnership visit www.ImprovingMe.org.uk.