Calling all parents and parents-to-be

  The HSE needs your views on antenatal classes, information booklets and a new child health website:

Are you a parent or a parent-to-be? By taking part in a quick online survey, you can help improve the information provided by the HSE during pregnancy and/or your child’s early years. Parents who have been through some or all of these stages are the best people to help do that.
Take part in this quick online survey

The purpose of this survey is to get your views on:

·         Your information needs during pregnancy and early childhood
·         Resources given to parents by the HSE 
·         Your experiences of antenatal classes 

  Take part: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/parentHSE

About the HSE’s Nurture Programme:

This survey is part of research with parents being under taken by the Nurture Programme: Infant Health and Wellbeing. The Nurture Programme is designed to improve the information and professional supports provided to parents by the HSE during pregnancy and the first three years of their baby’s life. 

Among the projects being delivered in 2018, there will be a new child health website, a new healthy pregnancy book, updated versions of the Caring for Your Baby and Child books, standards for antenatal education, blended learning training programmes for practitioners, an updated standardised child health record and the universal delivery of an updated Child Safety Programme.

The Nurture Programme is being delivered by the HSE supported by a grant from the Atlantic Philanthrophies through the Katharine Howard Foundation (KHF). Implementation support is provided by the Centre for Effective Services (CES). 

For more information, see http://hse.ie/eng/health/child/nurture/ or email nurture.programme@hse.ie

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Infant Mental Health Awareness Week runs from June 13th-19th.           

This week provides an opportunity to focus attention on the wellbeing, social and emotional development of our babies and young children. It highlights the importance of early relationships and a relationship based approach to interventions with infants and families. As our understanding of IMH and its evidence base develops, so also does our knowledge of how to apply this knowledge and an ‘IMH lens’ to interactions with infants, parents and caregivers in health and social services. 

What is infant mental health?

Infant Mental health (IMH) refers to the healthy social and emotional development of Infants starting at conception up to three years of age.

The first 1000 days of life are recognised as a critical period of opportunity to support infant mental health. Decades of research have shown that it is the quality of the early caregiver relationship that is a significant determinant of the infant’s healthy social and emotional development and in turn physical health, right up to adulthood.

 

The National Healthy Childhood Programme has embedded IMH as the foundation of the development of its resources and in the approach of the delivery of the universal child health service. This embedding of key messages can be seen in the My Child suite of books (www.mychild.ie/books) and also on www.MyChild.ie  where key messages around bonding and relationship building have been embedded for the parent/caregiver.

 

In clinical practice the topic of IMH has been included for the first time in the National Standardised Child Health Record. To build on this, the National Healthy Childhood Programme have just completed a suite of three eLearning units which are now available on HSEland for healthcare practitioners / caregivers who are working with children and families.  

 

Throughout the week you will see videos and key IMH messaging being promoted on the HSE MyChild social media pages ( Facebook / Instagram ). Keep an eye out in the National Newspapers for articles from our experts also. (IrishTimes article)  

 

In addition The National Healthy Childhood Programme have developed a series of ten practical videos with HSE expert advice which are now available on YouTube and on the relevant pages on the www.mychild.ie website.

These videos (2-3 minutes each) are aimed at parents/guardians of children (0 – 3 years).

These new video resources are available here while lots more expert advice for every step of pregnancy, baby and toddler health can also be found at www.mychild.ie

There are a suite of posters available focusing on the promotion of IMH messaging to order from healthy.childhood@hse.ie

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