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Apunipima baby basket



The Apunipima baby basket program, developed by the Apunipima Cape York Health Council in Queensland in 2009, aims to give mothers and their children a better start to family life. The baby baskets are used as an incentive to have Indigenous women attend at least five antenatal visits, providing the opportunity to educate the pregnant women on breastfeeding, birthing, baby care, the role of fathers, smoking and alcohol effects in pregnancy, eating properly, and specific health issues (such as sudden infant death syndrome). Information is presented in a positive way, highlighting healthy pregnancy and birth choices. Three baskets are given to mothers during the course of their pregnancy. This program has undergone three reviews and has had positive feedback from participants.


Apunipima Cape York Health Council186 McCoombe StreetBungalow Cairns QLD 4870Freecall: 1800 653 393Ph: (07) 4081 5600Fax: (07) 4051 7940Email:

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Related publications

Mein J, Bullen R, Fiona M, Kirby M (2011)

Apunipima baby baskets.

O&G Magazine; 13(3): 21-23


Last updated: 24 October 2013
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