Mums and dads-to-be across the South Tees area are set to benefit from Best Beginnings' resources to help them through pregnancy and into parenthood.

Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council and Middlesbrough Council joined forces with the South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to launch our resources at Redcar Coast and Hemlington Children Centres on Wednesday, 24 February. 

The free resources aim to help mums and dads to be with all the information they need to give their new bundle of joy the best start in life. They have been developed with input from parents and health and early years’ professionals, including the Department for Health and the Royal College of Midwives.

Kay Branch, Midwife Consultant from the South Tees Foundation Trust, said: “These resources are fantastic for all parents; they provide accurate advice in an accessible way.

“With a combination of informative videos, magazine and the mobile phone app we will be able to help and offer even more support to parents during this exciting time of their lives.”

One mum who has tried the Baby Buddy app, Lisa Crier from Brotton, said:

“I think the app is great as it lets you ask questions that you might think are silly, at any time, day or night. 

“The information is easy to understand, and you get daily updates on how your bump and then baby are developing, as well as tips on looking after yourself as a new mum. 

"You can personalise your avatar, put reminders in the calendar about appointments, watch videos, and search for local information.  It’s definitely a great support.”

Embedding our resources in local care pathways has already proved to be a success in other areas in the country, and we are delighted that parents in South Tees can also now benefit. To find out more about how Best Beginnings can work with you in your area please visit our Information for Professionals pages.

Mum Lisa Cryer of Brotton with Sofia Cryer-Anderson getting ready to use the Small Wonders CD at the Best Beginnings resources launch, Redcar Coast Children's Centre, Rainbow Lane in Redcar.

Parents and parents-to-be will benefit from finding out from local healthcare professionals about our four resources:
Baby Buddy, our personalised smartphone app
From Bump to Breastfeeding, our DVD following real mothers’ experiences of feeding
Small Wonders, supporting the care of sick or premature babies
Baby Express, our month-by-month magazine covering the first year of a baby's life.