NHS England Conference 2019 'Empowering people in a digital world'

The conference brought together people who are passionate about the power of digital tools, products and services in transforming how people manage their health and care, and have a more personalised care experience. As Best Beginnings harnesses the power of digital to empower parents, our CEO and Founder, Alison Baum, was one of the speakers talking about our Baby Buddy app.Read more

What is milk "coming in"?

For the first few days after birth your breasts make colostrum (thick and yellow, like a banana milkshake) for your baby. Then your regular milk arrives in your breasts - this is called your milk "coming in". Learn more about what you can do to help if your breasts feel sore when your milks comes in.Read more

What are the benefits of breastfeeding?

Most mums decide to breastfeed, because breastmilk is the perfect food for babies and the only one that protects them from illness. Learn more here about the benefits of breastfeeding both for you and your baby.Read more

What are blocked ducts and mastitis?

A "blocked duct" is when you get a sore lump on your breast that may also feel hot. Blocked ducts and mastitis are common breastfeeding problems caused when milk gets stuck in your breast. Learn more about common breastfeeding tips here.Read more

What is pre-eclampsia?

Pre-eclampsia is a common pregnancy condition that can lead to serious problems for you and your baby. Most women who get it only have a mild form, but it can be dangerous. That's one reason why it's so important to go to antenatal appointments and get your urine tested and your blood pressure checked. Learn more here.Read more

What are the pregnancy danger signs I need to know of?

Most of us have a straightforward pregnancy with no medical problems, but it's important to know when you need to get medical help or advice without waiting for your next normal appointment. You should always call your doctor or midwife right away if any of these things happen to you. Learn more here.Read more

What should I pack in my hospital bag?

If you are planning to give birth in a hospital or birth centre, you will need a bag of things for yourself and the baby. Even if you are planning a home birth it's a good idea to pack a bag, in case there are complications and you need to transfer to hospital.Read more

Reflections from a community mental health and wellbeing session in Norwich

In December 2018, Best Beginnings facilitated a community workshop with fifteen members of a women’s community group called NEESA in Norwich. Funded by Comic Relief and using the Out of the Blue maternal mental health films within the Baby Buddy app, the community sessions serve as a starting point for improving conversations about maternal mental health for community leaders, thereby better equipping communities to respond to the needs of families struggling with these issues locally.Read more

Shabira Papain's address at the London Maternity and Midwifery Festival Feb 2019

Shabira Papain, Best Beginnings COO talk about putting research & evidence into practice - The role of co-creation in the development and implementation of the Baby Buddy app: a focus on perspective of healthcare professionals"Read more