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New baby guide launched at Forth Valley Royal Hospital

An updated guide for new parents in Scotland has been unveiled at Forth Valley Royal Hospital.

Public Health Minister Joe Fitzpatrick launched “Ready Steady Baby” this morning, which aims to help families through pregnancy, labour and the first few months of their child’s life.

The guide, which will be available in both print and digital formats, includes support for new mothers suffering from post-natal depression and anxiety.

Speaking at Forth Valley Royal Hospital’s Women and Children’s Unit, Mr FitzPatrick said, “I want to thank everyone who was involved in delivering the updated version of ‘Ready Steady Baby’.

“It’s a valuable source and contains in one place all the maternity and neonatal information families may need.

“The newly extended advice on mental health, which builds on our recent announcement of £50 million to increase perinatal mental health support, will help ensure the best start for mothers, babies and families.”

George Dodds, NHS Health Scotland’s Director of Health and Equity, commented, “We’re very proud that by working with parents, carers and expert groups across government, the NHS, third sector and academia we’ve been able to develop this updated printed guide and new microsite.

“This has ensured that a wide variety of views and expert opinions have been represented in this universal resource.”

Lynne Huckerby, NHS24’s Director of Service Development added, “’Ready Steady Baby’ allows us to provide quality health information through the NHS inform website, supporting people through their whole pregnancy and the first eight weeks post-pregnancy.

“It puts that information directly in the hands of Scotland’s new families and we hope that they continue to find it to be valuable long into the future.”

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