‘Baby Coming You Ready?’
Baby Coming You Ready? (BCYR) is a culturally safe, perinatal mental health assessment which supports trust and engagement between professionals and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers and fathers.
BCYR uses a web-based, touch screen mobile application. Sensitive images and Aboriginal voice-overs guide users through specified areas that may be affecting families’ health or well-being using a strength-based and family-centred approach.
The Digitised BCYR Application
The BCYR app has been tested with a group of Aboriginal Mums and Dads who had become parents within the last two years. They reported feeling like they had more control in perinatal clinical settings and that they felt more able to recognise their strengths and make choices for themselves.
We thank all the families who participated in making sure this rubric serves Aboriginal families.
Training Practitioners to Implement BCYR
Many skilled practitioners committed their knowledge and experience to ensure BCYR can be embedded into clinical practice to improve health and well-being outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.
All practitioners who implement the BCYR app are required to undertake the three-tiered BCYR training. This ensures:
- A baseline understanding of cultural safety and competence when working alongside Aboriginal families.
- A deeper understanding and capacity to work within the context of trauma, including intergenerational trauma and post-traumatic stress.
- The ability to respond to the variety of needs, concerns and questions that often arise through the course of implementing BCYR.
BCYR Going Forward
From June 2020, the BCYR pilot will be rolled out in six Perth and outer metro sites and four rural and regional sites in Western Australia. Pilot sites are a mix of government, non-government and private organisations providing antenatal and/or postnatal care for Aboriginal women.