Three politicians in NSW have swung by the maternity unit at Liverpool Hospital to mark the delivery of the 200,000th essential item support pack for new families.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Member for Holsworthy Melanie Gibbons and Member for East Hills Wendy Lindsay visited Liverpool Hospital to celebrate the impact of the essential items gift, two years after the initiative for new parents and babies was launched.
Known as the ‘baby bundle’, the $300 bag of goodies includes a sleeping bag, a change mat, a muslin wrap and first aid kit. The pack also has information to support the health, development and wellbeing of NSW newborns.
“The baby bundle not only helps reduce some of the initial costs of having a baby, it also provides useful items to support new parents and give their child the best start in life,” Berejiklian said.
Gibbons added that making the pack available to all new families ensured that parents received the most essential supplies during what could be a happy but confusing time in their lives.
“My kids are a little older now but I know how much I would have benefited from a baby bundle and I am sure all the new parents will feel the same,” Ms Gibbons said.
“The baby bundle is full of helpful goodies for your new bundle of joy and to help families celebrate their new addition,” Lindsay added.
New parents receive the baby bundle once their child has been registered with the NSW births, deaths and marriages.
The baby bundle program is part of a $157 million parenting package delivered by the NSW state government, which also includes funding for more midwives and family health nurses, investment in testing and treatments for children’s diseases, and practical and emotional support to parents.