On Thursday, 27 April the Maternity team at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, in collaboration with Baby Box University, will welcome 100 new and expectant mums to a coffee morning at the North Reading Children’s Centre in Emmer Green, to hand out special baby boxes.
Baby Boxes, have been used successfully in Finland for many years, and have drastically reduced instances of sudden infant death syndrome, with the country achieving one of the lowest infant mortality rates in the world. Made from a very thick cardboard, the boxes come with a firm foam mattress, waterproof mattress cover and a cotton sheet, and are traditionally used as a baby’s bed for up to the first eight months of their life. Replacing the need for a traditional Moses basket or cot, it is thought the small size of the Baby Box prevents babies from rolling onto their tummies, which experts think can contribute to sudden infant death syndrome.
The success has also been attributed to the improvement in providing important education to new parents. To support the launch, RBFT midwifery experts will be creating a number of short educational videos that parents will need to watch before being given their box. The films will include information on safe sleeping, breast feeding support, monitoring babies’ movements whilst pregnant, options for place of birth, coping strategies for labour, pool birth and lots more.
Sarah Bailey, manager of Marsh ward and co-ordinator of the event said: “We are looking forward to welcoming pregnant and new mums to the event in Emmer Green, between 10.30am and 12.30pm, and are asking anyone who would like to come to let us know as we will only have a limited number of boxes to give away on the day and wouldn’t want anyone to be disappointed.
“The launch is the just the start of the initiative, as we will be offering the boxes to all expectant and new mums who come to us for their pregnancy, labour or postnatal care.”
To reserve your place and your box please email Babybox@royalberkshire.nhs.uk