Wednesday 14th November 2018

Updated: Nov 28, 2018

Wednesday 14th November 2018 (Day Three of Baby Week 2018)

Today got off to an early start; alarm going off at 5.30am. Sadiya had been up till 1am doing the presentations for the conference, but we were due at the BBC Radio Leeds for a 7.15 am appearance on the Richard Stead breakfast show. Broadcasting to the Yorkshire region and further. They played a recording from the day before at a parents and tots group in Middleton reporting on groups in the area. Then it went straight to us! We talked about the origins of the Baby Week and how we’ve included partners from across the city and promoted the 50 Things to do before you’re 5 App with Bradford. After the show we got a picture with the Richard in front of the Baby Week banner. It was a bit scary talking live but we did it!

Then it was across town to the Marriott hotel for the conference supported kindly by Leeds Cares the Leeds Teaching Hospital Charity. The day started with some quick house rules and directions to the coffee area (more importantly). A diverse mix of professionals from Children’s Centres, Local Authority services, social workers, child protection, public health, CCG’s, NHS digital and Leeds Teaching Hospitals - all captured by our illustrator Tom Bailey.

Cllr Charlwood welcomed us and then handed over to Susan Blundell - Health Improvement Principal from Public Health at Leeds City Council with Better Conversations on making 'Making Every Contact Count' presentation; a program delivered by the council to the city and the region.

Next up was midwife Alison McIntyre (Communities Matron) on the smoking in pregnancy pathway and findings into cessation and that more needs to be done to intervene with smoking in pregnancy.

The morning presentations continued with the Touchstone (voluntary sector) with their Best Start peer support training (commissioned by public health). Karen and Claire delivered an coherent presentation on delivering the Best Start training program (a policy originally promoted in the first Baby Week 2016) to parents in communities. We then got to hear a volunteers' experience told by Anita who now runs parents groups in the community based on her training. Everyone was totally inspired and was gratefully applauded.

Time for break and conversations!

Liz Cadogan (Obstetrician) and Deborah Page (Clinical Team Manager) from Leeds Teaching Hospital, delivered an interesting two part presentation on their work with supporting women and perinatal mental health.

Before lunch it was Errol Murray from Leeds Dads talking about better engagement with fathers. He started off with a warm up that made us energised and the sun shine in through the windows in the room! Errol began Leeds dads 5 years ago now part of a CIC (Community Interest Group) offering space for monthly social interaction with dads and their children at the Tetley. Errol gave feedback from the dads which helped us in the room to remember dads role is about their experience too that professionals should be aware of their needs too.

Within lunch more conversations took place between different professionals.

The afternoon started with a fantastic presentation on the impact of trauma for children with Sarah Lloyd - Specialist Occupational Therapist and Play Therapist

After a break we heard from Emma about the Futures and their team surrounding the support work they do with families who have had their children removed.

Following this Richard talked about the Re:Think model which is another city council innovative scheme helping to understand the issues that impact on families and helping support professionals currently working with families in the city.

Our own trustee Lynne Farr presented on the work Infant Mental Health Team do in the city in terms of support children’s centres with training sessions and delivering parent programs such as Understanding your Baby and Incredible Two's.

Better conversations presentations continued with the subject of Bereavement with Tracey Glanville (Consultant Obstetrician, Becky Musgrave (Deputy Head of Midwifery) and Kelly Walker a mother who helped give her experience of child loss with the support of two professionals. She said how she was overwhelmed by the help of the staff at the hospital for dealing with a difficult situation and this had led to helping to raise £3000 for the snowdrop suite at St James’s.

After this we separated into workshops; Speech and Language, Home birth choices, Experiences care

Better conversations with families within preparing children for hospital by Louise Porter.

The day ended after a jam packed day of program of talks from a diverse range of professionals across the city to a multidisciplinary audience. Evaluation from this; T




Totally engrossed all day - learnt so much and thoroughly enjoyed it

Very refreshing and insightful discussion

Fantastic Day


Fantastic! Fascinating to see the different services available Thank you

Great day! I feel like I have learnt so much and can absolutely use my learning from today to information my practice as a social worker.

Here are some more embedded tweets of other activities taking place around the city.