If you're having a baby in Shepparton
We'll give you a free baby box!
How to Access
Our baby box program can be accessed by:
- making an appointment at Goulburn Valley,
- dropping in at Goulburn Valley or
- through your Rumbalara, CatholicCare Sandhurst or Save the Children worker.
What you need to know
Goulburn Valley (GV) Pregnancy and Family Support Service, Caroline Chisholm Society, is proud to give the babies of Shepparton a safe place to sleep, a supportive environment for their parents and something simple to help families in our community.
To receive a baby box, please visit us to:
- Complete a baby box application form which includes:
- personal details,
- a survey of your parenting preparedness, and
- information about knowledge of safe sleeping.
- Present your application (or certificate, if applicable) and be shown how to use the box as a bassinet safely
About the Shepparton Collaboration for Expectant and New Mothers
Giving out of Baby Boxes is the result of the “Shepparton Collaboration for Expectant and New Mothers". We call this, “The Baby Box Project".
It was a special project funded by the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust. Our project was to select and implement one or two achievable co-ordination projects for expectant mothers or who have children under school age.
Goulburn Valley Pregnancy and Family Support Service worked with volunteers, families and colleague agencies in Shepparton, including Rumbalara, CatholicCare Sandhurst and Save the Children, to identify what its future focus was to be for support for mothers and their families, including children and their fathers.
Baby Box Bassinets continue to be available for all new babies born in Shepparton and surrounds, free of charge.
How to purchase a Baby Box
For those who live out of area, we are willing to sell the boxes to you.
To purchase, please:
We also ran a Baby Box Design Competition. The winner of the competition was Aileen Youie with her Ibis.
We hope that one day soon, we will be able to propose this design to a manufacturer so that there can be a uniquely Australian Baby Box.