Palmerston North Hospital’s maternity and neonatal services have been reaccredited with Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative status – the first secondary level hospital in New Zealand to reach that achievement five times in a row.
The hospital was first accredited in 2002, and reaccredited every three years until 2011 when, because of our success, it was moved out to a four years’ cycle.
The accreditation is an external assessment requirement of the Ministry of Health, and is carried out by an independent body - the New Zealand Breastfeeding Alliance (previously Authority).
Palmerston North Hospital was re-assessed in October 2015, and we provided additional information following the assessment to confirm achievement. The re-accreditation was confirmed at the end of May.
The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative seeks to improve exclusive breastfeeding from birth to six months, and continued breastfeeding throughout the first two years. Accreditation is based on the 10 steps to Successful Breastfeeding and compliance with the World Health Organisation Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes.
Palmerston North Hospital maintains exclusive breastfeeding results of between 78 to 80 percent.
Horowhenua Health Centre is also a Baby Friendly Hospital, being separately reaccredited for the fourth time, in 2014.
Operations Director, Specialist Community and Regional Services Nicholas Glubb said: “We congratulate our staff for their efforts in maintaining this important benchmark of a quality service.”
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