Mums’ support wins acclaim
NEW MUMS and mums-to-be can rest assured that local experts can help them when it comes to feeding their babies.
Kettering General Hospital (KGH) has just received a top award for its very high standards in supporting mums to breastfeed.
The trust has received the UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative full accreditation for its maternity department and neonatal unit.
This is the top award from UNICEF to accredit organisations that have established and implemented very high standards of care for all pregnant women and new mothers.
It means the organisation is committed to supporting mothers to initiate breastfeeding and encourages them to exclusively breastfeed for the first six months – while at the same time also supporting parents who choose to bottle feed.
The accreditation follows an eight-year development programme at KGH that has:
- Ensured all maternity and neonatal unit staff – including midwives, neonatal nurses, paediatricians, obstetricians, maternity support workers and healthcare assistants – have completed detailed breast feeding training.
- All the trust’s policies and guidelines had to reflect UNICEF Baby Friendly standards and had to support all mothers to initiate and continue breast feeding.
- Involved a thorough assessment of the trust’s care by UNICEF involving phone calls to mothers who had recently given birth at the hospital
Head of midwifery, gynaecology and paediatrics, Eilish Crowson said: “This is a fantastic achievement and one we are very proud of. It is an accreditation many maternity units are working towards.
“Achieving full accreditation takes time and effort. I want to congratulate all staff, especially those who have taken part in the accreditation process, who have all worked hard to support mothers and their families.”
Infant feeding lead, Petra Traynor, added: “This has been an amazing team effort by all in the maternity and neonatal units.
“The Baby Friendly Initiative is about supporting more mums to breast feed and the thing that has pleased us the most has been the positive feedback from the mothers themselves, who said lovely things about the help they get from KGH staff, who always made time to help them with feeding their baby.
“I want to thank all the mums who gave up their time to take part in the UNICEF assessment.”
Over the eight years since the trust has been implementing the UNICEF standards, the number of mothers choosing to breast feed has increased from 66% in 2013-14 to 73.5% in 2015-16 (year to date).
Sue Ashmore, director of the UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative, said: “We are delighted that KGH has achieved full Baby Friendly status. Surveys show that most mothers want to breastfeed, but don’t always get the support they need. Local mothers can be confident their midwives will provide high standards of care.”
Pictured above – BABY CARE: Corby mum Joely Dooley, dad Allan Diamond and baby Beatrice Olive Diamond, with some of the KGH maternity team celebrating the Baby Friendly Accreditation.