HSE Press Release
New pregnancy, baby and toddler health website and books for parents and parents-to-be
Tomorrow, Thursday, 4th July 2019 marks the launch of a new HSE campaign introducing mychild.ie the new pregnancy, baby and toddler health website and books. These are all provided free of charge by HSE teams as they care for parents-to-be in pregnancy, and for parents, babies and toddlers during early years.
Dr Kevin Kelleher, Assistant National Director for Public Health/Child Health said, “Becoming a parent is one of the most exciting, and challenging times in life, a time that naturally brings a lot of questions. We all want what's best for our child and to know that we are getting the right advice from a reliable source.”
“The HSE’s mychild.ie books and website are designed to be a one-stop-shop where parents can get accurate and trusted information on pregnancy and all the way through the first three years of their child’s life. Whether you’re a first-time parent, or are facing a refresher course, we want to help you with expert advice for every step.”
During the development of mychild.ie, over 4,000 parents took part in a research and listening exercise. These parents included those at different stages (first time pregnant, second child, mothers, fathers) and from a variety of locations across Ireland and different situations, including parents transitioning from homelessness, asylum seekers, teenage and young parents, and parents from the Traveller community.
Dr Fiona McGuire, Senior Medical Officer and member of the child health team said, “Parents told us that they want common sense information, advice about what to do if their child has a problem, and what people and services to get in touch with for more help and support. They also told us they wanted this information to be available online and in a printed version to refer to at home.”
“Parents told us that having all aspects of child health coming under one HSE-led, trusted umbrella would be incredibly helpful for them, and that breastfeeding was one of the most important topics they wanted help and advice with. Other very important topics include crying and sleep, play and bonding, and health advice like immunisation and caring for a sick baby.”
Paul Reid, HSE CEO said, “I would like to thank the many doctors, public health nurses, midwives, dieticians, psychologists, parenting experts, and lots of other experts who created the content for mychild.ie and the My Pregnancy and My Child books. This type of collaboration, along with partners at national and local level, to improve the health and wellbeing of children and their families is an important theme in the implementation of Sláintecare and the Healthy Ireland Framework.”
Dr Stephanie O’Keeffe, HSE National Director, Strategic Planning and Transformation said, “The HSE has been delighted to partner with Atlantic Philanthropies, the Katharine Howard Foundation (KHF) and the Centre for Effective Services (CES), through the Nurture Programme and National Healthy Childhood Programme, to bring mychild.ie to this point. We thank all the parents and future parents for taking the time to tell us what information they wanted, how they want to get it, and that they trust us to give the best information. The HSE’s mychild.ie is like an extension of the interaction and support pregnant mothers and their partners and families get from our healthcare staff.
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Last updated on: 03 / 07 / 2019