Premier Delivers Her Baby Bundle To New South Wales Newly Borns

Premier Delivers Her Baby Bundle To New South Wales Newly Borns

New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian

New South Wales Minister for Women and Minister for Mental Health Tanya Davies

Ringing In 2019 With A Bundle Of Joy

Victor P Taffa

A baby girl named Jaleesa has secured a place in history.

Bouncing bundle of joy is one of the first babies to be born in New South Wales this year, arriving in the world at 4 am and weighing 4.2 kg with the assistance of doctors and midwives at Westmead Hospital in Western Sydney.

Baby’s parents Leeann and Lurion were one of the first to receive a New South Wales Government Baby Bundle, delivered personally by Premier Gladys Berejiklian.

Baby Bundle, valued at $300, includes essential items for new parents such as a sleeping bag, play and change mats, thermometers and a first aid kit.

“Starting today, every baby born in New South Wales will receive a bundle of help for a bundle of joy.” Premier Berejiklian said.

“We want to provide parents and caregivers with products and information to support the health, development and well-being of their babies.”

“We know there are lots of expenses associated with having a child, so we hope this bundle will provide some relief.”

Minister for Women and Minister for Mental Health Tanya Davies said the Baby Bundle will also act as an important vehicle to bring mental health to the attention of new parents.

“A new baby coming home is a special time but it also can be challenging. Its vital new parents recognise if they might be experiencing any signs of perinatal anxiety or depression.” Minister Davies said.

“Long after leaving hospital new mums and dads will have important information in this practical baby bundle, so they know when to ask for some extra support and where they can find this help.”

Contents of the Baby Bundle meet Australian safety standards and include:

  • Baby wipes
  • Baby toothbrush
  • Barrier cream
  • Bath and room thermometers
  • Board books
  • Breast pads
  • Face cloth
  • First aid kit
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Muslin wrap
  • Play and change mats
  • Resources on child development and parental wellbeing
  • Sleeping bag

NSW Minister for Women and Mental Health Tanya Davies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baby Bundle is being packed and distributed by Sydney-based social enterprise Civic Disability Services.

Parents will receive the Baby Bundle before being discharged from hospital, or after registering their child with NSW Births, Deaths and Marriages in instances where the birth does not occur in a hospital.

Baby Bundle is part of the New South Wales Government’s $157 Million parenting package including more midwives and family health nurses, investment in testing and treatments for children’s diseases, and practical and emotional support to parents.

In 2018-19, $1.1 Million of the parenting package is funding 7 additional Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Services clinicians to support women with severe or complex mental health problems and their families during the perinatal period.

Through NSW Health’s SAFE START initiative, all women who receive antenatal care through the public health system have access to screening and appropriate referral for psychosocial stressors and domestic violence during pregnancy. This screening and referral are also available through child and family health services after the birth.

 

Abbreviations:

NSW               New South Wales