We worked with Warwick University to develop Baby Steps, a service to help new parents in need of extra support.
It is designed to sit alongside mainstream provision, and to be co-delivered by health and social care practitioners.
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How we know Baby Steps works
We’ve found that parents who completed the Baby Steps programme:
- showed improved mental health and were better protected against relationship breakdown and postnatal depression
- experienced improved birth outcomes, such as fewer low-birth-weight babies, and lower rates of caesarean sections and premature births.
We’re committed to learning from our partners and improving how we work together. So, we’ve evaluated how we’re supporting other organisations to deliver this programme.
> Read our implementation evaluation of Baby Steps
> See the References and resources tab for a full list of evaluation reports for this service
What support can we offer?
We will provide:
- a detailed readiness assessment, plus pre-implementation support
- a licence for the area to deliver Baby Steps in accordance with the model
- comprehensive training for up to 12 Baby Steps group facilitators covering the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required to deliver the groups.
Our emphasis is on ensuring fidelity to the model while offering some flexibility to tailor the approach to your local groups. This ‘flexibility within a fidelity framework’ promotes outcomes and local relevance.
Our training is delivered over three separate events, totalling six days. Training includes:
- group facilitator training before the programme starts
- further facilitator top-up training, 4 to 6 months into delivery
- the use of video-enhanced reflective practice training
- additional training for midwives and stakeholder engagement, depending on your local delivery requirements.
We provide a tapered-implementation support package to project leads over the course of the licence. Initially, you will receive monthly support to ensure that the service is being successfully implemented. This support then reduces as the service becomes embedded.
How to deliver Baby Steps
If you want to deliver Baby Steps, we can provide training and support for your local teams to help them deliver it successfully.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about delivering this service.