The clear and consistent Baby Café model of care has been proven to work successfully in a variety of settings and is flexible enough to accommodate different community profiles.
This model works when a Baby Café breastfeeding drop-in is fully funded, run by skilled facilitators working closely with local health care providers and can be freely accessed by all mothers needing support with breastfeeding.
Why Baby Café?
Branding attracts clients
One element of The Baby Café model of care is the name, its visual representation and the associated concepts and standards that underpin this. The Baby Café is considered a brand; synonymous with breastfeeding, excellence, quality, style and an informal, relaxed atmosphere.
The detailed guidelines in the Baby Café Toolkit provide facilitators with a clear and consistent model of care to follow that has been proven to work successfully in a variety of settings.
The Baby Café concept is flexible and can be adapted to accommodate different community profiles.
Baby Café drop-ins may be facilitated by suitably qualified midwives, health visitors, lactation consultants and there are now opportunities for breastfeeding counsellors from the voluntary breastfeeding organisations and other healthcare practitioners to become more involved through the Baby Café Local project. Many Baby Cafés have peer supporters on hand and some operate their own peer supporter training programmes.
Funding can come from a variety of sources such as NHS Trusts, Health and Social Care Trusts, Healthboards, Local Healthcare Copoeratives, Sure Start programmes, community funds or grants.
Locations vary from church halls and community centres to a mobile minibus!
Underlying all these different outer wraps is the Baby Café brand, ensuring every mother receives high quality care. Every Baby Café receives support from the national organisation in delivering this.
Standards of care
Users know what to expect when they visit a Baby Café drop-in centre and they can be confident of a high standard of care. The charity monitors standards and has established procedures to follow up complaints.
We offer ongoing Individual support to all facilitators from our national team by telephone, e-mail or visit. Our website provides each Baby Café drop-in with an individual page on the Baby Café website for local publicity and our regular update newsletters and emails make it easy for facilitators to keep abreast of latest information, ideas and innovative projects.
Facilitators of licensed Baby Cafés also have exclusive access to our comprehensive bank of resources such as templates, audit tools, translated materials, invitations and publicity materials via our password protected web page.
The charity makes it easy for you to audit and monitor your work by providing facilitators with suitable administrative tools and support. As a funding body you can be confident you are investing in a form of health care delivery that is proving effective whatever the community profile.
With a proven model to follow and resources and support in place, setting up and running a Baby Café drop-in can be straightforward and time-efficient for staff involved. What better way to improve local breastfeeding rates than to have a centre of excellence to which mums love to come?
Further information about the Baby Café model can be found on our Set up a Baby Café page