On the 12th June I attended a study day in Gore which involved a presentation from Dr Kay Mckenzie from the 1000 day trust. This is a trust which is about vulnerable families with early parenting. It is an initiative which has received some funding to run as a pilot to see if it does make a difference. It is an important initiative for vulnerable Southland families and Kay is helping to make southern midwives aware of it so they can identify signs of parents who are struggling or not bonding with their babies and refer them on. This video is about the 1000 day trust.
Kay presented a video which demonstrates how an infant reacts to an attentive parent and also when the parent ignores the child. It is pretty powerful, here it is.
What initiatives are there in your area to support vulnerable families?