Creating an appropriateinfrastructure of services for those in the transition to parenthood: What are families offered, what do they want and how can NCT make sure they get it?
Elizabeth DuffNCT Senior Policy AdviserRosie DoddsNCT Senior Policy Adviser
People in the transition to parenthood (TTP) arelikely to need services in acute and communityhealth, public health, early education andchildcare.Parents also have needs for employment,income, housing, nutrition, transport, goods &equipment for babies, security, social support,leisure, communication and information, allappropriate for themselves and their families.
To lobby for what we know parents want …NCT provides, offers or stimulates solutions- which meet the needs of politicians, policymakers and service providers- for both short-term successes and long-termbenefits- in terms of finance, efficiency and outcomes
Current policy ‘snapshot’• Families have reduced incomes• Midwife shortage in England• Rising birthrate• Paternity leave has been extended, mothers may lose some entitlement• 4,200 more health visitors promised
Maternity networks•should extend choice by encouraging providersto work together.•bring together all maternity services – linkinghospitals, GPs, charities and community groupsto share information, expertise and services.
NCT’s new strategy – ways of working•Growth – we will continue to increase our reach, bothgeographic and social, to all parents and expand our postnataland early years services.•Thought leadership – we will use our position of influence tochange the perception of parenthood and create breakthroughsolutions to address the dilemmas parents face.•Partnership – to deliver on ambitious targets we will work moreformally with other organisations to increase the supportavailable to new parents and expand their availability to reacheven more of the population
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