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CONI (Care of Next Infant) Support

If you, or someone close to you, has experienced baby loss the next pregnancy and the early weeks with your baby can be a difficult time. The CONI (care of next infant) scheme is there to support families through this time. The coronavirus outbreak means that this service is not available in the same way as previously but there is still support available for you and your family.

For those families already on the scheme the support will continue by phone and there is advice and information available online or by calling our Just One Number service on 0300 300 0123.

If you have experienced baby loss and would be eligible for the CONI scheme your midwife and your Health Visitor will talk to you about this. Thinking about sudden infant death (SIDs) is scary for everyone and especially so if you have already been through the loss of a baby. There are things you and everyone can do to reduce the risks of baby loss and help lower your anxiety.

  • In recent years there has been a lot of research that has helped lower the rate of SIDs. Following the current advice means that you will be doing all you can to keep your baby safe. The advice to all parents is;

    • Make sure your baby does not get too hot. Read more *here*.
    • Make sure your baby has a safe place to sleep and has the right bedding *here*.
    • Always put your baby to sleep on their back with their feet at the bottom of the cot/pram. Read more *here*.
    • Share a room with your baby for at least the first six months. Read more *here*.
    • Stop smoking during pregnancy and make sure your baby is in a smoke free environment. Read more *here*.

    These guidelines are especially important if your baby was born early or had a low birth weight as their risk is higher.

  • It is important to get advice from a health professional if you think your baby is unwell and you are worried about them. *Click Here*  for a helpful guide from The Lullaby Trust that can help you decide if you need to get your baby seen. Remember - always trust your instincts if you feel your baby needs medical help.

    Services are there to help you. You can call your GP, 111 or if you are worried your baby is seriously ill call 999.

  • No one wants to think that they might have to use life saving skills on a baby. But knowing what you would need to do in an emergency can make you feel a bit less worried about it. It is an important skill for everyone. You are learning this to protect your own baby but it could be you who knows what to do to help someone else, some time in the future.

    Watch the video below and get others in your family to do the same.

  • No one wants to think that they might have to use life saving skills on a baby. But knowing what you would need to do in an emergency can make you feel a bit less worried about it. It is an important skill for everyone. You are learning this to protect your own baby but it could be you who knows what to do to help someone else, some time in the future.

    Watch the video below and get others in your family to do the same.

  • Losing a baby is a life changing event and you will have times when your grief is hard to manage. Having a new baby is a great joy but it does not take away the sadness you will feel about your baby that died. Be kind to yourself and ask for support on the days that are a struggle.

    • Talk to your partner and understanding friends and family about how you are feeling. Talk about you baby you have lost if you want to, as well as about your pregnancy and new baby.
    • Don’t let your worries grow – you can get in touch with us by calling 0300 300 0123 for advice.
    • There is support available from others who have been through the same experience. *Click Here* to find out about Norfolk SANDs (stillbirth and neonatal death society).

    Most new parents will feel stressed at times. This may be more so for you. There is information about coping with stress. , postnatal depression and mental health during pregnancy.

    If you feel your worries and / or your mood are getting in the way of you being able to enjoy this pregnancy, or your baby, it is really important you get help. You can speak to your midwife, health visitor or GP they will talk to you and help you find a way to start feeling better.

Who Can Help?

If you feel worried and want more advice you can speak to your midwife.

You can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520 631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

If you are 11-19 you can text Chathealth on 07480 635060 for confidential advice from one of the Healthy Child Programme team.

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