New film to help mums and dads through first months of parenthood

Photography by Jon Challicom

New mums and dads in Hackney are being offered a helping hand in coping with the first few months of parenthood.

Hackney is one of just 20 local authorities to invite parents to a view a 10 minute film called Coping with Crying. Crying in new borns peaks at six to eight weeks and the film looks at why babies cry and gives practical coping techniques.  

Health visitors and children’s centres will invite parents to screenings in small groups. The sessions also give them the chance to share their experiences with other new parents.

The 10 minute video is produced by children’s charity the NSPCC and will initially be shown at Lubavitch, Thomas Fairchild and Linden Children’s Centres, and Lower Clapton and Nightingale practices, and expanded over the summer. It is hoped that by autumn 2014 screenings will be available at venues across the borough. 

Having a new born in the house can be overwhelming; the pressures of becoming a parent, along with the sleepless nights can be really tough. Concerns about babies’ crying are one of the most common reasons that new parents seek help from professionals. This film offers guidance on how to cope with the stress and also how to sooth your baby. I’m pleased we’re able to show this film to our new mums and dads and offer another layer of support at a really important time.
Angela Scattergood, Head of Early Years at Hackney Learning Trust

For more information speak to your health visitor or children’s centre. Find out more about the services on offer at children's centres.