Mums-in-need across the district are receiving an extra helping hand thanks to Cortonwood Outreach Centre.
The Salvation Army centre is working in partnership with Barnsley Hospital Community Midwives to help mums-to-be including those in Barnsley East.
Baby Basics Barnsley is a new service that has been set up to help mums-to-be struggling to provide for their children. Baby Basics Barnsley provides expectant mothers with a moses basket stocked with essential items including, but not limited to, nappies, clothing, baby wipes, bibs, bedding and toiletries for mum and baby.
The Salvation Army work in conjunction with community midwives who identify women in need of help and refer them to the Baby Basics service.
Captain Catherine Dodd of The Salvation Army, who is also a trained midwife, said: “The Salvation Army has always been involved with helping vulnerable people and Baby Basics is an extension of our work, giving us a focus on supporting mums to be who may find themselves in need for a variety of reasons.
“Baby Basics ensures all expectant mothers have the necessary clothing and equipment ready for when their baby arrives, including the moses basket, which is a safe place for a baby to sleep. We also include some chocolate in the baskets as a small treat for the mum-to-be.”
The Barnsley service is the fifth Baby Basics to be set up across the country and was launched on August 7 when they received their first referral the following day.
Matron for Community Midwifery at Barnsley Hospital, Sandra Newman, said: “The new service is a brilliant idea and is fully supported by our community midwife team. The baskets offer a lifeline for parents who would otherwise struggle to provide their new baby with the essential items every baby needs.”
If you would like to donate items to be used for Baby Basics Barnsley you can contact The Salvation Army Outreach Centre in Cortonwood who would be pleased to hear from you, alternatively, items can be dropped off at the hospital, care of Sandra Newman.
Items needed include moses baskets, baby clothing 0-12 months, bibs, blankets, cot bedding, newborn toys, wipes, newborn nappies and other essential baby items. Second hand items are welcome and all moses baskets are fitted with a new mattress before being gifted to expectant mums.
For more information about the service please contact Captain Catherine Dodd, on 01226 755826, firstname.lastname@example.org or Tweet @babybasicbarns.