Celebrating 35 years of Baby Lifeline – #BLL35
This November marks the 35th Anniversary of Baby Lifeline! That’s right we are three and a half decades old. Most of you by now will know our story, but it can’t hurt to tell it again.
It all started in the early 80s. After suffering the personal tragedy of losing her first three children – Lisa, Emma and Stuart – our Chief Executive and Founder, Judy Ledger took it upon herself to raise money towards purchasing a much needed incubator for her local hospital. It was a thank you for their hard work in trying to save her children and to her mind, just a small token of appreciation.
For the next fifteen years Judy made it her mission to raise money to buy equipment for maternity units in need throughout Coventry and Warwickshire before expanding into the Birmingham area.
In 1997 the Fourth Annual CEDSI report was published and the charity started to work with the late Professor Richard Johanson on providing a direct response to recommendations to improve care and safety. The BIRTH (Bringing Interactive Responsive Training to Hospitals) Series of DVDs was born, and complemented by national training conferences.
Since then, the charity has funded a number of short-term, high-impact research projects and secured several safety improvement grants, including a £20,000 grant for Ninewells Hospital & Medical School to initiate a Paediatric Lung Function Unit.
We have also trained over 15,000 professionals across the UK and internationally, we have bought equipment for hospitals all over the country, and we have raised over £10 million in the process to support training, equipment, and research. We pride ourselves on our ability to always respond directly to evidence-based reports and let that guide our training focus – delivering the type of training that our hard-working maternity professionals need to promote safer births.
To celebrate our 35th anniversary we’ll be taking a look back at some highlights on our social media channels so make sure you follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and please share your memories of Baby Lifeline using the #BLL35.