Hinchingbrooke Hospital maternity team awarded Baby Friendly Award
Hinchingbrooke Hospital has been awarded the prestigious Baby Friendly Award and is the latest UK healthcare facility to win international recognition from Unicef.
The Baby Friendly Initiative, set up by Unicef and the World Health Organisation, is a global programme which provides a practical and effective way for health services to measure the care provided for all mothers and babies. The award is given to healthcare organisations after an assessment by a Unicef team evidence that recognised best practice standards are in place.
Debbie Abbott, Infant Feeding Specialist Midwife, said: “We have been working towards the Unicef Baby Friendly accreditation for seven years now. The aim is to increase breastfeeding rates and to ensure that there is a recognised standard of care for all mothers in our hospital.”
Breastfeeding can protect babies against a wide range of serious illnesses including gastroenteritis and respiratory infections in infancy as well as asthma, cardiovascular disease and diabetes in later life.
Debbie added: “We are so proud to have achieved this award which highlights the vast number of benefits to both baby and mums who breastfeed. We support all mothers, however they choose to feed their baby, and the work we have done contributes towards supporting parents to form a strong bond with their newborn through maximum skin-to-skin contact and to strengthen family relationships in general.”
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