Liverpool and Everton Football Clubs Join Forces to Protect Babies
|Published: 21st June 2012 09:42|
Liverpool and Everton football players are backing a new NSPCC programme in Merseyside to educate new parents about the risks of inflicting head injuries on babies.
Claire Duffy, Midwife at Liverpool Women's Hospital with Everton's
Apostolos Vellios, Jay Spearing from Liverpool and Liz Edwards,
Matron for Inpatient and Outpatient Services at Liverpool Women's
Players including Liverpool midfielder Jay Spearing and Everton's Apostolos Vellios are helping raise awareness of the The Preventing Non Accidental Head Injury (NAHI) programme, which is a pioneering service from the NSPCC that is being delivered at Liverpool Women's Hospital (LWH).
It focuses on educating parents about the risks of shaking babies and gives practical coping strategies for the pressures of parenthood.
The players are the faces of new posters promoting the Non Accidental Head Injury (NAHI) programme, being displayed on the Maternity Ward at Liverpool Women's Hospital which hopes to raise awareness of shaking babies to parents of newborns.
Jay Spearing, Liverpool midfielder said: "I'm proud to be supporting the NSPCC's work to prevent babies from suffering non accidental head injuries. As a father myself, I know how precious children are and I'm pleased to be supporting this work to help new mums and dads keep their child protected and safe."
Apostolos Vellios, Everton player, added: "I was very impressed when I first heard about the NSPCC's new work in preventing children under one from suffering these types of head injuries and I wanted to help. The NSPCC's DVD is a great way of helping new parents understand the dangers of shaking a baby and it is a great way to advise them."
The Preventing Non Accidental Head Injury (NAHI) programme involves midwives and health professionals simply showing new parents a short film before they are discharged from hospital. The film helps mums and dads understand the dangers of shaking a baby, how to respond to their baby crying, and how to cope with feeling stressed and tired. The midwives talk to the parents about the film and answer questions. They help parents think about how they might deal with frustrations without taking it out on the baby. They also ask parents to sign a statement confirming they've seen the DVD and give them an information leaflet to take home. Parents are then asked to sign a promise to care safely for their baby.
Carol Kennedy, children's services manager at the NSPCC said: "Many parents are unaware of the dangers of shaking a baby, so we are delighted to have the support of Liverpool and Everton football clubs to help us raise awareness to new parents.
"By informing them before they take their newborn home we aim to help parents get off on the right foot - and crucially set the pattern for effective parenting later on to help keep their baby safe."
For more information about the NSPCC's work to prevent the abuse of babies and toddlers, please visit www.nspcc.org.uk/allbabiescount and pledge your support for the NSPCC's All Babies Count campaign.
If you want to know more about the NSPCC's Preventing Non-Accidental Head Injuries programme, please contact the NSPCC in Liverpool on 0844 892 0264.