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Royal College of Midwives recommends universal provision of Baby Boxes in the UK, 02/08/2018 [W/E/S/N.I.]

A new position statement from the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) supports the universal provision of baby boxes in the UK.

The Royal College believes that providing the boxes could reduce the risks associated with unsafe co-sleeping in some cases.

Risk factors of sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI) are higher in more deprived or isolated communities and RCM believe that baby boxes could be especially beneficial providing safe sleep spaces for the baby in these environments.

The boxes, the statement says, must be safe, high quality and meet minimum UK safety standards.

Scotland currently provides baby boxes to all new babies, while England has begun piloting schemes in some NHS Trusts in the last two years. Wales and Northern Ireland currently do not have any schemes.

To find out more, please visit the website of the Royal College of Midwives.