Hospital breast feeding services get full marks

Community Midwife Christine Mitchell (centre) has helped lots of new mums including Clare Cope with her children Abbie and Thomas and Sarah Horsfield with daughter Lillia.
Community Midwife Christine Mitchell (centre) has helped lots of new mums including Clare Cope with her children Abbie and Thomas and Sarah Horsfield with daughter Lillia.

MIDWIVES at Grantham Hospital received full marks in an independent assessment which tested breast feeding services.

They demonstrated excellent skills in teaching mothers to breast feed successfully and every required standard was achieved at 100 per cent.

The latest assessment qualified the staff from the midwifery unit for stage two accreditation of UNICEF’s Baby Friendly Initiative.

Head of midwifery Hazel Harrison said: “All of our midwives are committed to ensuring that mothers get all of the breast feeding help and support they need.

“We are thrilled that our midwives are receiving the recognition they deserve for their hard work and the level of care that they deliver.”

There is only one more stage the midwives must achieve before they can receive full accreditation.

The third stage assesses the care provided to expectant and new mothers.

UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative assessor Sue Ashmore was very impressed by the standard of the service offered by the midwives.

She said: “I was extremely impressed by the thorough knowledge and in-depth skills demonstrated by the midwives at Grantham and District Hospital.

“It is very rare for a hospital to score 100 per cent in all areas.

“This is a fabulous achievement for the midwives and the trainers, which means the highest level of care for mothers and babies.”

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