The NHS Long Term Plan and Neonatal Critical Care Transformation Review call on all maternity and neonatal services to implement the Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative standards, to provide seamless care for families between maternity and neonatal services, and to support families to become more involved with their baby’s care.
On May 5th each year, midwives, women, girls, partners and supporters of midwives and midwifery globally come together to celebrate the International Day of the Midwife with their own activities, driven by one strong collective voice.
Click on the link above to discover what the Better Births team has been working on during the last few months - including local Community Hubs, a Pregnancy Choices leaflet, and a specialist mental health service for pregnant women and parents of infants.
New and expectant fathers will be offered mental health checks and treatment under radical action to support families, NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens announced today (2 December 2018).
Early Help is about ensuring that children and families receive the support they need, at the right time, by bringing together professionals who will listen and work with the whole family to help make things better for everyone.
Flu vaccine is offered free each year to most children aged two or three years old; primary school-aged children; and all children with a health condition that puts them at greater risk from flu.
Hear from Rachel James, Chair of Rosie Maternity Voices, how she in involved in making sure that people who have been cared for by the Rosie Hospital are involved in feeding back on and helping to improve care at the hospital.
The death of a baby is not a rare event. It can happen to anyone. Baby Loss Awareness Week is held from 9 to 15 October to raise awareness about the key issues affecting those who have experienced pregnancy loss or baby death in the UK.
If you're currently pregnant then you can get a free flu vaccine from your GP practice. Ask about one today!
13 August 2018 - Tongue tie workshop
We held an event in September for local people who've had personal experience with your baby's tongue tie or work with families of babies with tongue tie.
Healthwatch England is busy doing some research into maternal mental health, which is their first focus in a wider piece of work looking at all aspects of mental health in response to the fact that communities across England have told us that they would like to see mental health prioritised. They are looking for people to complete their survey, which you can find by clicking here.
As World Breastfeeding Week launches, the 24/7 Breastfeeding Friend from Public Health England’s programme Start4Life has been made available on Google Home and the Google Assistant app for mobile to provide even more parents with advice and support during the first few weeks of breastfeeding.
Babies and young children can become ill during very hot weather. Their health can be seriously affected by dehydration, heat exhaustion and heatstroke, or sunburn. Try these tips for keeping your child happy and healthy in the heat.
16 July 2018 - Are you ready?
Tommy’s recently launched a campaign that encourages women and their families to plan for pregnancy. You can find out more information here and view an animation here.
11 July 2018 - #whatsinakiss
A user of maternity services whose son sadly died after contracting neonatal herpes, has co-produced with NHSE and Fixers UK, a short film which can be seen here. For further information, please visit here or on Twitter: @whatsinakiss and #whatsinakiss
In the UK, 1 in 4 pregnancies will end in miscarriage, stillbirth or premature birth. The emotional impact this has is devastating and leaves parents with so many unanswered questions.
There is still silence and shame around baby loss. But if we can talk about it openly and honestly, not only can we help each other feel less alone, but we can also pave the way for greater awareness and more research to stop it happening.
This is why Tommy’s is launching a brand new campaign, ‘Together For Change’.
England’s top midwife today praised the ‘extraordinary’ role of midwives who have delivered more than 50 million babies over the last seven decades and urged young people to consider the “uniquely rewarding” career.
25 April 2018 - Tongue Tie Survey
. This survey is now closed.
From 12-18th March 2018, The Lullaby Trust aims to raise awareness of SIDS and ensure that we reach as many parents as possible with life-saving advice on safer sleep and steps parents can take to reduce the risk of SIDS.