Aims & Objectives
BabySTEPPs' Mission Statement
To this end we aim to promote:
a) well-being in pregnancy and early childhood by, including but not limited to:
* facilitating peer support networks for parents-to-be as well as new parents (e.g. pre/post natal social groups and online social networks);
* liaising with the relevant health service providers to improve local resources and provisions
* allowing for accurate and up-to-date information and advice to be made available through information leaflets and organising guest speakers for support groups
b) baby, child and family-friendly practices in the community by, including but not limited to:
* introducing the “BabySAFE” award in recognition of family-friendly local establishments;
* liaising with local breastfeeding support groups and health service providers to promote breastfeeding in the community.
c) support for those experiencing difficulties in their journey to parenthood by, including but not limited to:
* facilitating peer support networks for families affected by fertility issues, pregnancy complications and the loss of a baby;
* liaising with local miscarriage and stillbirth support group ‘HOPE’ to provide emotional support following the loss of a baby;
* liaising with the hospital to provide practical support following the loss of a baby
(e.g. funding for a dedicated bereavement suite in the maternity ward, offering memorial boxes, providing assistance with possible ’sensitive disposal’ arrangements)
* commemorating the Annual International Baby Loss Awareness Day by taking part in the Global Wave of Light (15th October)
d) support for those experiencing parenting difficulties in early childhood by, including but not limited to:
* providing practical and emotional support following the birth of a premature baby
(e.g. liaising with hospitals to produce and provide transfer information packs for patients requiring treatment abroad)
* providing practical items for parents of limited means
e) funding into research into the causes of pregnancy complications & baby loss by, including but not limited to:
* raising funds for research in the areas of pregnancy, childbirth and baby loss.
A good objective is to help the less fortunate to do well and to help those who are doing well to do even better
At BabySTEPPs we aim to facilitate peer support networks as well as provide practical help and information where appropriate; liaising with relevant organisations, charities and health services to make this possible. Already, we run regular antenatal classes, support groups for parents who have suffered a loss, are experiencing infertility or are undergoing fertility treatment and for families of babies who have had an ‘uphill journey’.
We strive to make our sessions both appealing and informative and all are open to the general public. These are volunteer led involving a different guest speaker almost every week, and we depend entirely on donations to carry out our work.
Some of the projects we are currently working on include:
Enhanced patient transfer support packs for expectant mothers and parents of babies who require extended specialist care in UK or Spain (e.g. due to prematurity or requiring special medical attention)
Provision of up-to-date and accurate pregnancy guides and other relevant literature for all pregnant women, with Gibraltar specific literature to be produced where appropriate
A pregnancy journal with an included business directory and useful information relevant to family play groups, associations and articles specific to Gibraltar and the surrounding areas (where appropriate)
Annual training visit from a SANDS (Stillbirth & Neonatal Death Society) professional.
BabySAFE family-friendly restaurant award scheme
Working towards creating a bereavement suite at Maternity Ward & providing memory boxes for those affected by the loss of a baby;