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Category: Baby Basket

April-Sept. 2017

October 26, 2020

Prototype implementation: Community members helped families select the items that they wanted and put each basket together. A total of 50 Baby baskets were given to families: 24 through NEWC, 21 through the Indigenous Doulas prototype, and 5 through the Health and Wellness prototype. Several items that weren’t on the initial Baby Basket list were given […]


Feb. 2017

Partnership with North End Women’s Centre: We partnered with the North End Women’s Centre (NEWC) to create and share the Baby Basket prototype. Baskets included supportive items such as a star blanket and diapers, as well as information on topics such as: safe sleep, how and where to get benefits, and breastfeeding.


June 2016

Co-creation session: We hosted a co-creation session that gathered people together from healthcare, education, government, community, and philanthropy, to help design the Baby Basket.


April 2016

Prototype research and development: We engaged a broader audience to help design the Baby Basket, including researching similar work and meetings with: Public Health nurses The supervisor of the Paediatric Residents pilot project The Provincial Infant Mortality Working Group Safe Sleep Sub-committee The Manitoba Indigenous Doula Initiative (MIDI) IndigenousKnowledgeKeepers Indigenous doulas


Jan. 2016

Initial discussions: In our earliest conversations with community, the Baby Basket (inspired by the Finnish Baby Box) was named as a priority to be developed through the prototyping process. Our consultations shifted the focus away from a safe sleep box and towards an opportunity to build supportive relationships, reduce stress, and provide information.