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Yesterday I attended the All Party Parliamentary Group on 1001 Critical Days at The House of Commons in Westminster.

An all-party parliamentary group (APPG) is a grouping in the UK parliament that is composed of politicians from all political parties.

I am a huge supporter of  the 1001 Critical Days Manifesto, launched by the Parent Infant Partnership Charity, because I believe the emotional, physical and mental wellbeing of a mother is crucial to a baby’s long term wellbeing.

There is a growing acknowledgement that those first early years of a child’s life are absolutely crucial. Getting it right as parents with professional help and public resources to support families, where it’s needed, has the potential to make a huge difference to how that child will grow into an adult contributing to society.

Putting this approach at the heart of what Government does, across all party divides, has the potential to be literally life-changing which makes the work of the APPG so enormously important.

This is not about the ‘Nanny State’ interfering in parenting, it is about nurturing, supporting, and encouraging families to bond well in the early months from conception to the age of 2.

For me the first 1001 days are vitally important to ensure every baby has the best possible start in life, and it starts with the confidence, wellbeing and positive mental health of the mother.

Tim Loughton MP for East Worthing & Shoreham is the Co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group Conception to Age 2: first 1001 days and we had a fascinating afternoon listening to the experts followed by an open forum where wonderful people in all aspects of childcare, mental health, nurses, doctors, health visitors to ante natal research experts asked questions, raised concerns and shared expertise and passion for families.

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Parent Infant Partnership (PIP) UK is to launch a Infant Mental Health week 6-10 June 2016, in conjunction with the work of the 1001 Critical Days and in partnership with their coalition members across the country to raise a greater awareness of the importance of social and emotional wellbeing for babies.

Events will be taking place across the country with the Association of Infant Mental Health (AIHM), including an inaugural PIP UK conference around Westminster.

Resources will be made available to participating organisations who share the same aspiration to give every baby the best possible start in life. – See more at: http://www.pipuk.org.uk/news/infant-mental-health-week-6-10-june-2016-be-launched#sthash.HXAGlTFK.dpuf

Here is Pip UK latest newsletter to give you more great information http://www.pipuk.org.uk/sites/default/files/Winter%20Newsletter%202016.pdf