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Tepak launches Baby Buddy programme

Are you pregnant? Are you a new parent? Which topics do you need more information about? Gynaecologists? Midwives? Paediatricians? What is important for parents-to-be to know?

The Cyprus University of Technology (Tepak), the NGO Birth Forward and the wide network of their associates announce the launch of the Baby Buddy Forward programme. The aim of the programme is to create Baby Buddy Cyprus, an open-access online educational platform for the ‘journey to parenthood’. With rich printed and audio-visual material, the platform will accompany the user on this journey by offering information on a daily basis, advice, support and empowerment from the first day of pregnancy to the sixth month of the child’s life. The format of the Cyprus Baby Buddy version will be based on the existing Baby Buddy ™ model, developed in the United Kingdom by the organisation and partner in the Best Beginnings programme (https://www.bestbeginnings.org.uk).

An online survey and prioritisation survey is also being conducted. The study addresses the professional community (gynaecologists, midwives, paediatricians, and other health professionals) as well as future and young parents. The survey will identify the final themes so that Baby Buddy Cyprus reflects local priorities and meets the expectations of pregnant women and their partners. More information, and access to online research, at www.babybuddyforward.com.

Timely and valid information from the first day of pregnancy is of the utmost importance for future parents to develop knowledge, attitudes and skills that will physically and psychologically prepare them for their child’s arrival and assuming their new role. The vast majority of couples are looking for information on the internet. However, studies show that the quality of information on the internet is not always appropriate or even accurate.

Baby Buddy Forward has received funding from the Erasmus + adult education programme which is running from September 2017 until August 2020.

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