Baby Week "Better Conversations" Launch Day One
The third Baby Week Launch got off to a great start on Monday 12th November 2018 at Civic Hall in the Banqueting suite.
Opening the event was Cllr Lisa Mulherin, Leeds City Councils' Executive Member for Children and Families. Cllr Mulherin introduced the 'Better Conversations' theme and the wonderful program of family events going on during the week.
Next up was Steve Walker Director of Children and Families Leeds City Council, who was also excited about the line up of events over the week and the traction Baby Week has helped gain momentum over the years helping launch initiatives such as the Best Start Plan, The Baby Box and now the 50 things to do before 5 App.
Founder Lucy Potter then spoke with colleague and operations manger from CFL Sadiya Salim. They presented on the journey of Baby Week over the years helping to recognise how Baby Week has brought together partners within the city and more including inspiring Bradford Baby Week (next week 19th -25th November 2018) and Hull who have also done their first Baby Week in September.
Lucy and Sadiya then welcomed Baby Champ Kory with dad Lewis. Kory was born on the first day of the Baby Week 2017 (September 12th). Following the Brazil tradition Kory and Lewis came up to receive their certificate.
Then we welcomed our Trustee and Children's Centre Manager Debbie Gedge how she helped disseminate the Baby Boxes throughout last year at local children's centres, and helped build relationships with Baby Box Co. who were there in the audience as a good example of these sectors working together.
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.
Helping continue the great collaborations was our next speaker that followed; 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. 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 linking it to a modern day vaccination in helping to describe 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 babies life.
Next up was Christian Bunting; Teaching School Director, St Edmund's Nursery School and Children's Centre in Bradford saying the app was launched in Parliament in June this year and now established in cities across the region including Bradford, Leeds and Doncaster. He said it was a passport to getting and doing exciting things outdoors!
Sue Rumbold Chief Officer Partnerships & Health Children's & Families Leeds City Council also spoke supporting the collaboration and commitment to the App and future working together.
After the break which saw networking between stalls and the wonderful Shake Rattle & Boogie dance and music workshop for 0-5's
After the break we reconvened and John May Re-integration officer for Children's and Families presented an interesting talk on helping young fathers back into higher education.
Sally Etheridge Programme Lead for Leicester Mammas working with the community in Leicester talked about breast feeding support among south Asian and Asian families living away from their families and how breastfeeding becomes a big part of caring for your baby.
To end the day we had a wonderful talk from a service user who attends the YUMS group with Women's Health Matters in Leeds. Chloe explained who she had embraced breast feeding for two years and how the group (commissioned by the Public Health) has helped increase her confidence and helped other mums to breastfeed too.