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Baby Box University programme

A baby sleeping peacefully in their new Baby Box.Improving safety for newborns

Mums having babies at our hospital are now getting valuable health advice and a safe place for their newborn to sleep thanks to our Baby Box University programme.

Every parent who has their baby at Ipswich will be given a cardboard box, which come complete with a mattress and other useful items such as nappies, as part of a drive to further improve safety and reduce sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) through education. They are being provided by The Baby Box Co.

Parents will be able to have their free baby box delivered directly to their home after completing the Ipswich Hospital syllabus at www.babyboxuniversity.com. They will need to complete a short quiz after watching a series of online videos covering subjects such as the safest place for babies to sleep, birth choices, looking after yourself in pregnancy and smoking cessation.

The videos have been put together specifically for Ipswich and feature staff from the hospital, who give advice and share their expertise while highlighting further sources of support which are available locally.

Baby boxes are traditional in Finland, where they have been credited with helping decrease the infant mortality rate from 65 deaths per 1,000 births in 1938 to three deaths per 1,000 in 2013.

Babies are able to sleep in the boxes until they are around six months old.

Helen Smith, consultant midwife at Ipswich, said: “We are really pleased to be working with the Baby Box Co and its Baby Box University education programme on this fantastic initiative. Not only does it offer mothers essential education about safety, looking after themselves and keeping their babies healthy, but also provides a lovely box where their baby can sleep for the first few months which they can keep as a momento.

“This is a great opportunity to make some really important health messages easily accessible for all of the women in our care while also making sure all babies have access to a safe sleeping environment.”

Women who do not have access to the internet at home will be able to watch the videos on a tablet when they come into hospital to have their babies.

For more information, visit www.babyboxuniversity.com