Kenepuru retains its baby-friendly status
Staff at Kenepuru Hospital’s primary birthing unit celebrated its re-accreditation as a ‘‘ baby friendly’’ hospital last week.
The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative is a Unicef/ World Health Organisation programme to improve the way maternity units promote and support breastfeeding.
Accreditation is given after extensive procedural auditing and analysis of breastfeeding statistics.
It must be reapplied for every three years, with the level of achievement increasing each time. Kenepuru has been ‘‘babyfriendly’’ since 2004.
Capital & Coast District Health Board acting chief executive Shaun Drummond commended the maternity unit’s staff on their efforts in getting 85 per cent of babies under their care to ‘‘feed naturally’’.
Titahi Bay mother of two, Abby Farrow, said she had a rough start to feeding after having ‘‘two wee girls born with little rosebud mouths’’.
‘‘Breastfeeding was something I really wanted to do and I didn’t realise how much I wanted to until I had so many problems with it.
‘‘ I remember I was really having a hard time with it [breastfeeding] one day and my husband was sitting next to me and one of the staff came in and said, ‘you know it takes two to learn to breastfeed’. I looked at my husband and I thought, ‘What are you going to do?’
‘‘I realised later she meant me and baby. The support I got from [Kenepuru] was unbelievable. They were great,’’ she said.
Dawn Hunter from the Breast Feeding Association said Capital & Coast had the best breastfeeding numbers in New Zealand for babies between 10 weeks and seven months. At times they were more than 10 per cent higher than the national average.
Mummy’s girl: Abby Farrow and three-week-old Lily left Kenepuru Hospital’s maternity unit last month, but were back again to celebrate the hospital’s ‘‘baby-friendly’’ accreditation.