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NGH Work to Support Mother-Baby Relations Results in Unicef Accreditation

Northampton General Hospital has scooped a prestigious baby friendly award from children’s rights organisation Unicef in recognition of its work supporting mother and baby relationships.

The Baby Friendly Initiative, set up by Unicef (United Nation’s Children’s Fund) and the World Health Organisation, is a global programme which provides a practical and effective way for health services to improve the care provided for all mothers and babies.

Kate Bates, NGH infant feeding co-ordinator, said: ““We support mums and babies in spending time just getting to know each other; we suggest lots of skin-to-skin contact and we help mums to understand how their babies communicate so they can respond because that’s so important for babies’ development and for relationship building.”

The Baby Friendly award is given to hospitals deemed to have best practice standards in place to strengthen mother-baby relationships and to support mothers who chose to breastfeed.

Last updated: 11 August 2016

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