The Broken Hill Health Service has been successful in gaining accreditation as a Baby Friendly hospital for breastfeeding mothers – for the fifth time!
BFHI accreditation is internationally recognised and shows the commitment Broken Hill Health Service has to encourage, promote and support breastfeeding.
“Regardless of feeding choices and circumstances, every woman is supported to care for her baby in the best and safest way possible and our staff are committed to giving the women and families we care for in the Far West the best start to life,” said Chelsea Anderson, Clinical Midwifery Consultant, Far West LHD.
“This is an incredible achievement for the Maternity Unit and its staff and an acknowledgement of our dedication to delivering the best possible care to our patients.”
Breastfeeding provides babies with the best start in life and all the nutrients they need for the first six months of their lives. Babies who are fed in this way are therefore less likely to suffer a range of serious illnesses during infancy and childhood.
UNICEF promotes breastfeeding through the Baby Friendly Health Initiative (BFHI). The BFHI was launched in 1991 by UNICEF and the World Health Organisation (WHO) and is an evidence based initiative that improves the successful establishment of breastfeeding by women giving birth in accredited hospitals.
The BFHI involves a system for assessing and accrediting hospitals as ‘Baby Friendly’ if they comply with the ‘Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding’ established by WHO and UNICEF.
The Broken Hill Health Service has just gone through this reaccreditation process and has been successful for its fifth reaccreditation. The reaccreditation period is until 2021.
“The maternity Unit wishes to thank the management and staff of all departments within Broken Hill Health Service for their support and hard work contributing to the successful outcome of the accreditation,” said Ms Anderson.