Limerick Maternity Hospital launches country's first Baby Box

Fintan Walsh

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Fintan Walsh

Limerick Maternity Hospital launches country's first Baby Box

Dr Mendinaro Imcha and Jennifer Clary with Lisa Healy with her brand new baby, Leah using the Baby Box Picture: Press 22

UNIVERSITY Maternity Hospital Limerick has launched Ireland’s first major initiative that aims to reduce the incidence of infant mortality, and raising awareness through educating parents on how to care for their newborns.

The Baby Box programme will see mothers who complete e-learning classes, provided with a free baby box for their infant to sleep in.

The online education element is inclusive and accessible; easy to follow and available in 17 languages, reflecting the growing diversity of Irish maternity hospitals. Women booking in at ante-natal clinics will be given details on how to sign up for the e-learning  at the Baby Box University.

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), also known as cot death, is the sudden unexpected death of an apparently well infant and for which there is no explanation. About nine out of 10 cases occur in the first six months of life, with a greater risk for premature and low-birth-weight babies, a spokesperson for the UL Hospitals Group stated. 

The use of Baby Boxes has been credited with helping reduce infant mortality rates in Finland, where they have been in use for over 75 years. 

Dr Mendinaro Imcha, consultant gynaecologist/obstetrician welcomed the new project at UMHL, describing it as a “proactive approach to improving the health and safety of the newborn child and parents.

“We are combining tradition with current technology and supporting the newborn child’s family with online educational material covering a broad range of essential topics on ante and postnatal care.”

For more on the initiative, see Tuesday’s Limerick Chronicle.