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Goondiwindi Hospital commits to 'baby friendly' status

29 August 2018

Celebrating World Breastfeeding Week are (from left) operational staff member Robyn Ash, operational staff member Vivian Gasque, midwife Alena Clement, administration staff member Shaz Pomfret, midwife Prue Campbell, operational staff member Milton Sutton, midwife and BFHI co-ordinator Carla Dillon, midwife Tania Gaffney, midwife/Acting nurse unit manager Maternity and Child Health Sonya Sloan, Director of Nursing Lorraine McMurtrie and acting nurse educator Goondiwindi/Inglewood Kerryanne Maddox.

Midwives at the Goondiwindi Hospital have come together during World Breastfeeding Week to reaffirm their commitment to providing the best outcomes for the women and babies in their care.

World Breastfeeding Week was held earlier this month, and saw staff commence training for the hospital’s Baby Friendly Health Initiative (BFHI) reaccreditation process.

The BFHI is a World Health Organisation initiative aimed at ‘protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding’.

The Goondiwindi Hospital has been accredited under the program since 2011. However, the initiative requires hospitals and community health organisations to undergo reaccreditation every three years to ensure all staff are up-to-date with breastfeeding policies.

"Being a ‘baby friendly’ hospital is something that we are rightfully proud of, and something that the community can celebrate too," Goondiwindi Hospital’s acting Nurse Unit Manager, Maternity and Child Health, Sonya Sloan said.

"To prepare for our accreditation, midwife and BFHI coordinator Carla Dillon provided a two-hour education session on the BFHI implementation process and clinical guidelines around establishing breastfeeding."

The opportunity however to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week didn’t escape the midwives, who then gathered for an afternoon tea.

"It was a lovey opportunity to come together and remind ourselves why we come to work each day, and that’s for the betterment of our wonderful women and their babies in our care," Ms Sloan said.

Last updated: 28 September 2018