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Bookbug Before Birth evaluation

Read our evaluation reports on the Bookbug Before Birth book gifting project

Scottish Book Trust's Bookbug Before Birth project began in 2019 to encourage parents to sing, rhyme and talk to their babies before birth. By working with practitioners across Scotland, including Family Nurse Partnership teams, we provided additional Bookbug resources to hundreds of families in our pilot year.

Thanks to your donations, we were able to offer all Family Nurse Partnership teams across Scotland a picture book (The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler) and the Bookbug Before Birth leaflet to gift to families during pregnancy in 2021.

This evaluation report summarises the impact of the project based on responses from a feedback survey that was circulated to practitioners in June 2021.

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Further to the evaluation, we facilitated a focus group with the NHS Fife FNP team in November 2022 and published key findings in a report at the bottom of this page.

Key conclusions

Responses to the survey indicate that the book gifting project:

  • 91% reported that expectant parents responded positively to the gifting of the book and leaflet
  • 82% agreed that the project helped expectant parents to form secure attachments with their baby
  • 81% said that the gift encouraged expectant parents to read aloud during pregnancy
  • 80% said the gift helped expectant parents to understand more about early language development

Impact story

'My memorable moment is in regards to a lovely couple who were not keen to read or sing to their unborn baby when this conversation took place in pregnancy. Eventually Mum advised [the] Family Nurse that dad did start singing to her bump when she was around 20.0 Gestation but asked her not to tell anyone as he felt embarrassed. [The] Family Nurse visited the family in hospital at the parent's request when their baby was born. The baby was a day old and when she became unsettled dad lifted her and sang the same song he had sang to his partner's bump for 20 weeks and very quickly she settled into her dad's chest. Dad was very proud and advised [the] Family Nurse that he had sang this song to her throughout pregnancy. I share this story with all my clients as I also seen the benefits of reading/singing to unborn baby that day.' – Family Nurse

Looking for more advice and support for sharing stories, songs and rhymes before birth? Read our short article(this link will open in a new window) to help you get started.

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