Baby Basics UK
‘I find it hard to put into words what a crucial service Baby Basics is, as a midwife it helps me to provide safe care for my clients. There are no other services that could fill this gap locally’
NHS Midwife working with vulnerable women in Sheffield
Baby Basics has been working in Sheffield since 2009 and now has 30 centres across the UK, providing essential baby/toddler equipment to vulnerable women, including but not limited to, teenage mums, women seeking asylum, women fleeing domestic abuse and trafficking. We provide clothing, toiletries and other essentials needed for life with a new baby. Baby Basics works closely with midwives, health visitors and other agencies to provide a safe, reliable service that people can trust.
Our aim is to not only provide some of the essentials needed but to do so in a way that preserves dignity and speaks the truth about how valued and precious these women and their children are.
In the 2018 alone we provided over 4000 items of provision across the UK, from cots and push chairs to beautiful new-born Moses basket starter packs containing clothing, bedding and toiletries. These items went to families in desperate situations. Referrals come in to Baby Basics from many different agencies and all things are given away freely. Last year we worked with over 30 different agencies across Sheffield alone, from midwives and health visitors to social workers and other charities to provide the essentials needed to the families they work with.
Baby Basics doesn’t just donate useful items to people in need, it restores dignity to women who have lost their sense of it through domestic abuse, poverty or displacement. It involves people of all ages in the community, from children who decorate the gift boxes, to older people who knit blankets and baby clothes with as much love and care as if they were for their own grandchildren.
Poverty can render people, particularly women, vulnerable to exploitation and severely limits their choices, the simple act of providing some of the basics needed can offer women choices. This quote from a women who was staying in a refuge after leaving a violent partner and was helped by Baby Basics demonstrates this…
‘Today Baby Basics have given me a choice. Before, in order to be able to give my baby the things it needed I had to go back to a violent man. But with this pack I have the freedom to stay in a safe place and still provide for my baby…’.
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