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RCM welcomes Scotland Baby Box scheme

19 June, 2017

RCM welcomes Scotland Baby Box scheme

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Today registration opens for Scotland’s Baby Box scheme.  Parents of babies due on or after 15 August 2017 will receive a baby box.Commenting on the initiative, Mary Ross-Davie, Director for Scotland at the Royal College of midwives, said: “This is an initiative that has the RCM’s support and we welcome any commitment by the Scottish Government that will give babies born in Scotland the best possible start in life.

"These boxes help to promote a crucial message for new parents about safe sleeping for their babies and will hopefully encourage parents to place babies on their back when putting them to sleep.

“The evidence from Finland where they have been used for some time suggests that the boxes can make a significant contribution to reducing baby deaths.

“Giving these baby boxes will also help new parents particularly at a time when personal finances may be stretched, and there are many people in Scotland who need this support.

“The RCM would encourage women who have concerns about safe sleeping for their baby to speak to their midwife who will be able to offer support and advice,”

For more information on the Baby Box scheme visit https://news.gov.scot/news/whats-in-the-box.

To contact the RCM Press Office call 020 7312 3456, or email pressofficer@rcm.org.uk.

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The RCM is the only trade union and professional association dedicated to serving midwifery and the whole midwifery team. We provide workplace advice and support, professional and clinical guidance and information, and learning opportunities with our broad range of events, conferences and online resources. For more information visit the RCM website at https://www.rcm.org.uk/.

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