Part 1 – The Mother and Child Manifesto

Part 1 Introduction

Mothers play a central role in creating healthy, fair and peaceful societies.  The CEPPs Manifesto puts a spotlight on the need to recognise and strengthen their role, as well as the role of the fathers and caregivers to reinforce the long-term benefits of support and early intervention services during pregnancy and early childhood. Download pdf

It is now confirmed that providing support and care for mothers and babies during pregnancy and early childhood is five times more effective than later intervention designed to deal with individual or social problems in later life. (Costs of perinatal mental health problems, Bauer, Parsonage et al., London School of Economics, Personal Social Services Research Unit, October 2014).

CEPPs supports mother-friendly childbirth and evidence-based practices shown to reduce pre-term births and improve outcomes for mothers, babies, families and societies as a whole. These include actions to improve nutrition and prenatal bonding, promote doula and midwife support, and encourage breastfeeding and attachment.

The Manifesto sets out seven Childhood and Early Parenting Principles (CEPPs) which:

  • Provide a framework for early intervention and a roadmap for policy and practice development that can be adopted and implemented by public, private or non-government organisations with any kind of role in improving parenting and early childhood experience.
  • Are evidence based and focused on practical action and supported by a toolkit that can be used to guide progressive implementation in any country or jurisdiction.
  • Are directly linked to UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 3, 4 and 5, adopted at the UN General Assembly in September 2015 and focused on gender equality and improving the health, education and lives of women and girls.
  • Are based on the concept of multi-stakeholder partnerships at national and international level as set out in SDG 17 (Partnerships for the Goals).
  • Aim to stimulate action over the next 15 years, alongside action on the SDGs.
  • Provide a platform for consultation with government, for health and social care, child protection and other actors in early childhood development, parenting and education. This will inform national policy and accelerate the introduction of programmes such as the UN Every Woman Every Child Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2016-2030), the WHO/March of Dimes Born Too Soon initiative and the UNICEF Care for Child Development Package

CEPPs promotes partnerships with organisations working to eliminate hunger, stunting, poverty and violence, and to provide water, sanitation and hygiene for mothers.

CEPPs seeks support from women’s organisations, health care and social services professions and NGOs across the world to form CEPPs Partnerships in every country. These will unify and mobilize grassroots support for these UN initiatives, to work with governments to accelerate their implementation, and the early realization of targets for SDGs 1-5.

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