Cheshire West parents can use a set of resources from pregnancy to parenthood

14 December 2015

Parents across Cheshire West can use a set of resources which provides help from pregnancy into parenthood.

Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Public Health Team in partnership with the Countess of Chester Hospital Trust and Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Trust launched the resource titled ‘Best Beginnings’ at the Stanlaw Abbey Children’s Centre in Ellesmere Port.

Best Beginnings consists of four main resources: Baby Buddy, the personalised smartphone app; From Bump to Breastfeeding, a set of DVDs following real mothers' experiences of feeding; Small Wonders, supporting the care of sick or premature babies; and Baby Express, a month-by-month magazine covering the first year of a baby's life.

The free resources deliver high quality and reliable pregnancy and parenting information. They have been developed with input from mums and health and early years professionals, with endorsements from, among others, the Department for Health and the Royal College of Midwives. 

Cheshire West and Chester Councillor Nicole Meardon, Cabinet Member for Children and Families said: “These resources are fantastic for all parents; they provide accurate advice in an accessible way. 

“With a combination of informative videos, magazine and the mobile phone app we will be able to help and offer even more support to parents during this exciting time of their lives.” The Baby Buddy app has already proved to be a success in other areas of the country: over 45,000 people have downloaded the app since its launch in November 2014, with 88% of mums questioned saying it helped them feel closer to their baby.

The From Bump to Breastfeeding films have been viewed by over two million families since 2008 with 99% of mums who watched it before their baby was born saying they found it useful; Small Wonders films are being used in 85% of UK hospitals with neonatal units; and Baby Express has been shown to improve early relationships and child development, and supports the Healthy Child Programme.

To find out more about the resources and download the app visit the Best Beginnings website www.bestbeginnings.org.uk or visit one of the Children’s Centres for support.

Best Beginnings Launch: Left to Right - Debbie Lightfoot (family case worker), Fiona Dry (Best Beginnings), Lisa Blundell (Early Year’s worker) and Janet Beech (Senior Infant feeding co-ordinator) with new mums at the Stanlaw Abbey.
Best Beginnings Launch: Left to Right - Debbie Lightfoot (family case worker), Fiona Dry (Best Beginnings), Lisa Blundell (Early Year’s worker) and Janet Beech (Senior Infant feeding co-ordinator) with new mums at the Stanlaw Abbey.

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