Alison Baum works wonders for mothers and premature babies

By Katie Taylor, December 16, 2010
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Charity chief executive Alison Baum has raised over £10,000 to fund a DVD project which will help new parents.

Her Small Wonders project was one of 200 supported by the Big Give, an organisation which seeks to double funds raised.

Mrs Baum set up a charity called Best Beginnings in 2006 aiming to give every baby in the UK the healthiest start in life.

The DVD will feature more than six families on their journey through premature labour to neo-natal care. She tells People: "The purpose of the DVD is to empower and enable parents to be at the cornerstones of their baby's healthcare."

The film will allow parents of premature babies to learn from watching other families go through neo-natal care, and will also provide professionals with information of how to best support them.

"The film will highlight the importance of skin-to-skin contact that both mothers and fathers can have with their babies.

"Best Beginnings bases its facts on scientific evidence, which has shown that skin to skin contact can reduce hospital stays for babies."

A short film was put on the charity's website to help raise funds for the Small Wonders DVD.

The BBC sports presenter, Charlie Webster presented the film which explained where the charity's money was going and spoke of its partnership with the Big Give. Mrs Baum, 41, a member of Brondesbury Park synagogue, says: "At the moment it is a postcode lottery as to which babies receive the best care.

"We are working to reduce the inequalities in child health."

    Last updated: 3:30pm, December 16 2010