Pilot to cope with crying

A pilot programme to help new parents cope with crying has been launched in Northumberland.

The programme involves showing parents a powerful new film about caring for a crying baby and will involve community midwives from Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust showing its during home visits.

Concerns about babies’ crying are one of the most common reasons that new parents seek help from professionals.

The NSPCC film provides parents with a range of supportive tips and advice about soothing a baby and managing their own stress.

It also tells them about the dangers of shaking a baby.

The programme has been run in hospitals across the country, but the pilot will see how it helps parents when shown at different times in settings outside hospitals, such as in antenatal education classes or postnatal home visits.

Nineteen areas of the UK are involved.