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  • collettec 11:03 am on 6th June 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Babies sleep in cardboard boxes 

    In Finland all expectant mom’s are given a starter pack which consists of clothes, sheets and toys. This tradition dates back to the 1930s and it was intended to give all babies the same start in life. The UK could take on this tradition to ensure that all babies born here have the same start too. To read the full article follow the linkhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-22751415

  • collettec 3:42 pm on 15th April 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Rationing of infant formula 

    After last weeks announcement from supermarkets that it will be limiting the amount of baby milk to 2 cartons per customer, lots of stories were ciculated. Which may have caused people to panic buy or worry about what to feed their babies if they run out. Many of our clients cannot afford to buy extra baby milk so will usually run out before they buy more. Hearing about supermarkets limiting sales may put women off buying formula and may be prepared to try Breastfeeding, however, if there was more information on formula feeding for parents to access they could compare the benefits of Breastfeeding and make the right decision for themselves. This doesn’t help when aggressive advertising in the media from the 2 leading Breast milk substitute manufacturers Nestle and Danone causes panic buying of infant formula.

    For example, according to (Baby Milk Action 2013).
    This marketing war has now reached the UK following Nestlé’s takeover of Pfizer Nutrition/Wyeth in 2012, manufacture of the SMA brand. Both Danone and Nestlé have launched new strategies to promote their products – the former gaining media coverage by claiming individuals in the UK are buying up formula to send to China thus causing a shortage in the UK, the latter taking advantage of any formula panic buying by putting its follow-on formula on prominent price promotion to increase sales.

    Are milk companies creating this type of panic to increase its sales. Headlines last week on BBC website were;

    “Baby milk rationed in UK over China export fear”
    (BBC news online 8th April 2013 Last updated at 19:20)

    Nestle have denied any evidence of bulk buying for export (Baby Milk Action 2013)

    “We have confirmed that there are sufficient stocks of infant formula for the UK and parents should continue to buy formula milk as usual.”
    The Department of 13th April 2013

    Some of the women we work with may not even be aware of this in the news as many do not have access to the internet so therefore may not really affect them.

    For more information follow the link below

    Danone v. Nestle formula marketing war reaches the UK

  • collettec 10:54 am on 3rd December 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Good Celebrity role models 

    The singer Pink is quite happy to talk about Breastfeeding her daughter Willow and has spoken about it often in the press. So when her Husband Carey Hart posted a picture on Twitter of his wife feeding their daughter last week I thought it was a good thing.   In my view this is the way forward with regard to encouraging young mums  ‘especially’ to Breastfeed because of  celebrity culture we need more celebritites appearing in the media showing that Breastfeeding is normal. The media tends to show the extreme images of Breastfeeding e.g women feeding their 4 year old in public, which does put people off. Take a look here Pink

  • collettec 10:40 am on 3rd December 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Four born every second 

    The BBC documentary “Why Poverty” looks at women from different countries in the world, and their experience of childbirth.  The programe shows how each country deals with childbirth and infant mortality. 

    Here in the UK we have a very good ante natal service and  although we do have issues within the NHS regarding tackling infant mortality, this shows how good the NHS is and the documenary compares some of the extreme conditions women in other countries face, for example, Sierra Leone has a high Infant Mortality rate,and  shows a pregnant lady travelling for days to get to a medical centre only to lose her baby and die herself. Watch the video here
    Why Poverty

  • tomcarrollgateway 3:29 pm on 20th February 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: emotional, housing, , , , wellbeing   

    Social support in pregnancy 

    Kalvinder talks about the support she got from Gateway.

    Being pregnant is supposed to be a happy time, but it can be very difficult. We help mums deal with practical and emotional problems so they can concentrate on keeping healthy – and having healthy babies. After she found she was pregnant Kalvinder came to Birmingham from Southampton to be near her family, but there were problems.  We helped her sort out a complicated benefit situation, helped her find somewhere suitable to live  – and every problem solved meant there was something less for Kalvinder to worry about – and that’s what our job is all about.

  • tomcarrollgateway 12:49 pm on 2nd February 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: abuse, domestic abuse, domestic violence, dv, ,   

    Domestic Violence in Pregnancy 

    In yesterday’s Guardian,  an article on domestic violence highlighted the suffering women are experiencing due to cut backs to funding for women’s aid and other domestic violence support team within the community. The service  is one of the primary support services for women who are experiencing this  common oppressive  practice. Domestic violence is  said to peak, or is triggered during pregnancy as this is a vulnerable stage of life.  This issue has a detrimental impact on  women’s  health and possibly her unborn child depending on the severity of the situation.

    As  Pregnancy Outreach Workers we  support women with such isssues and have seen where they have developed anxiety, emotional and psychological issues,  and  mental health difficulties.  However, one must remember, it is not just the physical  act, it is also threats, emotional abuse and domination, bullying, oppression and restrictions.  Therefore pregnant  women should seek urgent support if experiencing these difficulties, so they can get urgent and appropriate  support from their Family Support Workers, Pregnancy Outreach Workers, their GPs, Midwives and other professional workers who can refer or signpost them to domestic violence/abuse agencies.

  • pregnancyoutreachworkers 12:39 pm on 23rd November 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: advice, Benefits, groups, Pregnancy outreach service,   

    My personal information on benefits and pregnancy at the POW group 

    Some of the problems I have faced and shared at the POW group. We talk about everything concerning pregnancy, benefits and topics that new mother’s face in society today.

  • pregnancyoutreachworkers 12:33 pm on 23rd November 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Annikke has been working with her pregnancy outreach worker Jackie and here she tells us how she might have stopped breastfeeding. Instead she’s kept going with the right support and encouragement

  • pregnancyoutreachworkers 3:52 pm on 27th October 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Personal Development Course 

    The Young Parents Group at Shard End Kitts Green Children’s Centre are starting a Personal Development Course next week (Wednesday 02.11.11).  Anyone aged 19 years or younger is welcome and it covers topics to help develop key life skills and make the right choices (attendance at all six sessions is recognised by Asdan as contributing towards a qualification).  The group is from 1:00pm – 3:00pm each Wednesday at Ridpool Road.

    Please click here for more information

    • Bethune Richards 3:55 pm on 9th November 2011 Permalink | Reply

      This is my second week doing this course and i find it very useful and it making me set realistic goal for my further. This course is also buliding my self esteem.

  • pregnancyoutreachworkers 10:32 am on 14th October 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Kitts Green, money advice, Shard End, Young mums   

    Money Management Advice for Young Parents in Kitts Green 

    Young Parents Group (for those 19 years and under) meets every Wednesday afternoon at Kitts Green Shard End Children’s Centre. Young parents, including mums to be, can get free advice on how to manage their money.  The group also covers many other things including healthy cooking, keeping safe in the sun, pamper sessions and much more.  The address is;

    Kitts Green Shard End Children’s Centre
    45 Ridpool Road
    Lea Hall
    B33 9RD

    For more information contact the centre on Tel: 0121 675 6060.

    Please note that this is strictly for parents and mums to be 19 years and under.

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