Special nod for baby gurus

NEW DELIVERY: Warwick Hospital midwives (from left) Tanya Ogden, Ross Newton and Kerry Roche,with baby Lacey Wotton, celebrate the Warwick Hospital's recent Baby Friendly Health Initiativeaccreditation.
NEW DELIVERY: Warwick Hospital midwives (from left) Tanya Ogden, Ross Newton and Kerry Roche,with baby Lacey Wotton, celebrate the Warwick Hospital's recent Baby Friendly Health Initiativeaccreditation. contributed

EACH year, the small team of 10 midwives at Warwick Hospital takes on the mammoth task of delivering hundreds of babies into the world.

When the babies are brought earthside, the work is far from over, with staff members providing ongoing care to the newborns and their mothers.

That care has seen the Warwick Hospital receive official accreditation under the national program the Baby Friendly Health Initiative.

The initiative acknowledges hospitals, and other community health organisations, that "protect, promote and support breastfeeding” through a number of policies and actions.

Warwick Hospital director of nursing Anita Bolton said the accreditation process was carried out by the Australian College of Midwives, based on processes developed by the World Health Organisation and UNICEF.

"To be considered a 'baby-friendly' hospital is quite a significant achievement,” said.

"A lot of work is put into the process to ensure all staff, not just those working in maternity, have contemporary information and knowledge regarding infant feeding.”

Ms Bolton praised staff who undertook the accreditation process for the benefit of local mothers and their babies.

"Our maternity service staff, led by associate nurse unit manager Ross Newton, are dedicated, passionate people who work hard to ensure the best outcomes for their patients,” Ms Bolton said.

"This accreditation is testament to their hard work and commitment.”

Mr Newton said although the accreditation process was complete, the process continued.

"We have to now continue our work to maintain the BFHI status,” he said.

"Mothers attending the Warwick Hospital can be assured they will have access to the best information and support about infant feeding, both before and after the birth of their babies.”

The Warwick Hospital achieved particularly good feedback from the BFHI auditors about its processes to ensure mothers had support through the Community Child Health Service to foster breastfeeding once discharged from hospital.

Maternity unit

About 200 babies are born at Warwick Hospital each year

So far this year, 120 babies have been born

June has been the busiest month of 2016, with 21 births

The Warwick maternity unit has four beds and two birthing suites

Topics:  babies, breastfeeding, midwife, warwick hospital

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