This year’s Baby Week Leeds was a huge success!

Lucy Potter, our Maternity Voices Partnership Chair, is also the founder of Baby Week Leeds.  She took a bit of time out of the fantastically busy BW schedule to update us on the launch.

Baby Week “Better Conversations” Launch Day One

The third annual Baby Week Launch got off to a great start on Monday 12th November 2018 at Civic Hall.

Cllr Lisa Mulherin, Leeds City Councils’ Executive Member for Children and Families opened the event with the ‘Better Conversations’ theme and promote the ’50 Things to do before 5′ app including the wonderful program of family events going on during the week.

Val Watson spoke on behalf of the Haamla midwife team who work with asylum seekers, refugees and homeless women in the city at St James’s Hospital.  Val and colleague Vicky Cranston helped introduce the Baby Boxes to Leeds last year at the launch of Baby Week 2017.  Val reported that they had managed to reach out to 50% of the women in the city – that’s 1283 baby boxes delivered by the great work that followed last years event including partnerships between Midwives, Doctors, Health Visitors and Children’s Centres!  Debra Gedge, Children Centre Manager, has helped the Baby Boxes to reach further by handing them out through Children’s Centres.

Helping continue the great collaborations was Professor Mark Mon-Williams, University of Leeds & Executive Member of the Born in Bradford Project.  He spoke about the new 50 Things to do before 5 App (which our YUMs group were particularly excited about!). Already connected with Leeds Local Authority,  we are starting to show potential in sharing the same vision with Baby Week Bradford to help make this a regional success.  He was excited about the app describing why evidenced based work helps target social and emotional well-being giving educational benefits of the app could save billions to the health service and even save lives!  Some of us who could downloaded the app right then and there!  We just dipped our toe into the wonderful low cost or free activities that you can share with your baby and celebrate all milestones of developmental journey of a baby’slife.

The week continued with various activities delivered through children’s centres and libraries go the to read the blog and breakdown of the week.