Baby week launched in Doncaster!

First Baby Week launched in Doncaster!

Monday the 13th of September saw the launch of “Baby Week” in Doncaster!

NHS Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS (RDASH) and Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals (DBTH) have been working collaboratively to deliver the first ever Baby Week across the borough.

During the event the CCG, partners and parents all came together to celebrate parents, families and carers and the birth of babies.

The week began by attending a ‘Baby and Mothers’ session at Wheatly Hub, which was led by one of our RDASH Health Visitors.

This provided Doncaster CCG us with a perfect opportunity to sit down and meet local parents and carers to capture the voice of those who have given birth during the Covid-19 pandemic. We were all able to listen to their individual lived experiences from what is now known as a unique generation of new mums that have experienced pregnancy, birth and postnatal care in a world with social restrictions and isolation measures in place.

Mike Curtis, Lead Professional for Quality, Safety & Safeguarding at the CCG said “It has been a delight to involved in the first ‘Baby Week’ in Doncaster.  As we know the Pandemic has had a huge impact on everyone and it feels more important than ever to focus on the wellbeing of the youngest members of Doncaster and all those taking care of them.

“This project was devised by the Contracts and Commission service and we all hope that ‘Baby Week’ will have helped families across the borough”.

On arrival, colleagues from the CCG, DBTH and RDASH gathered round and spoke to mums whilst they played with their babies in a relaxed setting.  All parents were genuinely enthusiastic to understand what baby week had to offer and it was great to hear that each new mum had their own experiences and journey to share with us.

Michael added: “Overall, it was really warming to see and hear how these parents had felt supported in terms of the quality of care through their individual pathways provided.  Advice was given and acknowledged in terms of developments of services as one mum discussed her struggle with isolation and the pressures this brings to new parents trying to raise a new-born in a socially restricted environment.

“We were all inspired by each of the parents’ stories and their ability to demonstrate adversity against all odds and overcome challenges that they themselves and the world faced. We hope to repeat this successful event again soon.”

All feedback gained during the baby week was then shared at the Doncaster MVP virtual meeting on Thursday 16th September, which is a team of local families, midwives, health visitors and commissioners.

If you would like to see what else was ran during the baby week, then please check out the Doncaster Mumbler website

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