All new mums living in St Helens and Knowsley are to receive a free Finnish-style Baby Box from this month.
The initiative, led by the NHS Cheshire and Merseyside Improving Me programme successfully launched in St Helens earlier this month and this week was introduced in Knowsley.
Families receiving a Baby Box also become members of the Baby Box University – an online education syllabus providing health advice and support on a wide range of topics, such as breastfeeding, smoking cessation, perinatal mental health and nutrition in pregnancy.
This is supported with antenatal appointments with their midwives and additional sessions through the Baby Box community, which aim to reduce social isolation and provide additional guidance on use of the Baby Box and its resources.
At the first meeting with a midwife, women will be given their card to access the Baby Box University. At around 28 weeks of pregnancy, all women will be invited to collect their Baby Box.
It is hoped that the programme - for babies either born in hospital or the community - will encourage early engagement with maternity services and access to care for all pregnant women across St Helens and Knowsley.
Sue Redfern, Director of Nursing and Midwifery at St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, said: "We are delighted to be giving Baby Box to new babies and parents across St Helens and Knowsley and are encouraging all new families to sign up. The health promotion and information which is offered alongside the boxes will benefit pregnant women and their families in our locality."
For more information visit www.babyboxco.uk