HEALTH MATTERS: 40,000 Baby Boxes have been delivered to expectant parents

40,000 Baby Boxes delivered to new mothers across Scotland

It’s a happy Christmas for this newborn local baby whose “brilliant” baby box arrived  in time for Christmas – just as he did himself. Pictured top is Joshua John Fraser, born to Gemma and Kyle Fraser at the Royal Maternity Hospital in Glasgow. Top picture by Bill Heaney

By Lucy Ashton

More than 40,000 Baby Boxes have been delivered to expectant parents this year.  It brings the total number delivered since the start of the scheme in August 2017 to 163,397.

The most recent available figures indicate that around 93% of expectant parents are taking up the opportunity to receive a Baby Box.

Children’s Minister Maree Todd, pictured right,  said: “The coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis has been challenging for all of us, and particularly so for expectant parents and new mums and dads. Face-to-face support from family and friends has had to be restricted for safety reasons and the pandemic has added to financial worries for many families.

“Supporting new parents this year especially has been vital. The Baby Box, which ensures that every family with a newborn has access to essential items, is part of our commitment to giving every child the best start in life.”

Jackie Tolland, Chief Executive of Parent Network Scotland, said:  “Having been involved in the Baby Box since its inception, I am really pleased that the feedback has been positive. We need to do everything we can as a country to ensure that all children receive the opportunity to have the best start in life.”

Each box contains a large number of essential items for parents and babies, including a selection of clothes from newborn up to the age of six months, a digital thermometer, and bath towel. The box itself comes with a mattress and can be used as a safe sleep space.

 

Local couple, Gemma Woods Fraser from Dumbarton and Kyle Fraser from Balloch received a gift of the “brilliant” baby box for their son, Joshua John Fraser,who was born on December 18 at the Royal Maternity Hospital in Glasgow, weighing in a 8lbs.8ozs. The happy couple are pictured here – Gemma, left, with relatives Bryan Heaney, Bernie Heaney, Jane Heaney, Kyle Fraser and Helen Heaney, not to mention dogs Sky, Ted and D’Arcy. Find out more about Baby Boxes at Parent Club Scotland 

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