Hospi­tal re­tains baby friendly sta­tus

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

PROSER­PINE Hospi­tal has re­tained its cov­eted baby friendly ac­cred­i­ta­tion, fol­low­ing a two-day au­dit by the Aus­tralian Col­lege of Mid­wives.

Mid­wifery man­ager Anne Ea­ton said this was the fourth time Proser­pine Hospi­tal had re­ceived ac­cred­i­ta­tion, which re­mained cur­rent for three years.

“This is a world-recog­nised achieve­ment and recog­nises that we meet stan­dards set down by the United Na­tions Chil­dren’s Fund and the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion,” Ms Ea­ton said.

A Baby Friendly fa­cil­ity is one where breast­feed­ing is sup­ported and prac­tices known to pro­mote the health and well-be­ing of ba­bies and their moth­ers are fol­lowed

The au­dit ex­am­ined the ser­vice and in­for­ma­tion pro­vided to moth­ers from their ante natal vis­its through to home vis­its af­ter the birth.

Proser­pine and Mackay hos­pi­tals are among the 12 ac­cred­ited baby friendly hos­pi­tals in Queens­land.

Proser­pine was the first ru­ral hospi­tal in Queens­land to re­ceive ac­cred­i­ta­tion in 2003.

Ms Ea­ton said Whit­sun­day moth­ers ben­e­fited from the ac­cred­i­ta­tion be­cause they were be­ing cared for by mid- wives with a recog­nised high level of knowl­edge and skills.

“Our ac­cred­i­ta­tion demon­strates that the high­est stan­dard of care is of­fered to all moth­ers and ba­bies. It also re­flects the com­mit­ment of staff,” she said.

“Our care is wom­en­cen­tred, not task-cen­tre. Ac­cred­i­ta­tion means that we have a high level of pro­fes­sional com­pe­tence and that’s some­thing to be proud of.”

BABY FRIENDLY: Mid­wife He­len Priest (left), ma­ter­nity unit man­ager An­nie Ea­ton (right) and new mother Ka­t­rina An­drews (cen­tre) with baby girl Lucy at the Proser­pine Hospi­tal last week.

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