International recognition for Royal Devon and Exeter Centre for Women’s Health

16:04 26 November 2012

Pictured left to right Chris Borton, matron antenatal/postnatal ward, Charlotte Kilvington, infant feeding coordinator, Celia Meilton, midwife, Karen Read, infant feeding coordinator celebrate new accolade.

Pictured left to right Chris Borton, matron antenatal/postnatal ward, Charlotte Kilvington, infant feeding coordinator, Celia Meilton, midwife, Karen Read, infant feeding coordinator celebrate new accolade.

Archant

Centre receives baby friendly award.

The Royal Devon and Exeter Centre for Women’s Health has achieved international recognition for being baby friendly after receiving a prestigious award.

The centre was presented with the UNICEF(United Nation’s Children’s Fund) Baby Friendly Award following a three stage assessement by the UNICEF team, which recognised that the best practice standards were in place.

The Royal Devon and Exeter Infant Feeding Co-ordinator Karen Read said: “We decided to join forces with UNICEF UK’s Baby Friendly Initiative to increase breastfeeding rates and to improve care for mothers at all our maternity units including the RD&E, Tiverton, Okehampton and Honiton.

“We are very proud of all our staff who encourage and support mothers who want to breastfeed.”

She added: “Breastfeeding protects babies against a wide range of serious illnesses including gastroenteritis and respiratory infections in infancy as well as allergies and diabetes in childhood.

“We also know that breastfeeding reduces the mother’s risk of some cancers. Many mothers give up breastfeeding before they want to, this award shows that we provide support for women to establish breastfeeding and to continue to breastfeed for as long as they wish.”

The Baby Friendly Initiative, set up by UNICEF 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.

In the UK, the initiative works with health professionals to ensure that mothers and babies receive high-quality support to enable successful breastfeeding.

0 comments

Other News Stories

Debra and Gary Tennant from West Hill Garage are concerned about the length of time the road will remain shut between the village and Ottery St Mary. Ref sho 05-16SH 3672. Picture: Simon Horn

Business suffering as route set to stay closed ‘until further notice’

Read more
10:00
Huge waves pound the seafront at Sidmouth, Devon. Picture: Ian Williams.

Updated - pictures: The Esplanade takes a battering from the elements

Read more
09:41
Enormous waves crashed along Sidmouth seafront after very windy conditions and high tides. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref shs 4301-06-14AW. To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on Photo Orders

Communities warned to take care on exposed seafronts

Read more
06:01
xxxxx

Sidford’s main junction is ‘a fatal accident waiting to happen’, according to a campaigner who is calling on authorities to act before it is too late.

Read more
7 minutes ago

A motorcycle pillion passenger from Exmouth was killed when its rider allegedly overtook a line of traffic and crashed into a Jeep which was turning right across its path, a court has heard.

Read more
13:06

Fire fighters and highways crews spend hours on scene trying to divert stream away from flooded cottage

Read more
12:56
Colaton Raleigh players performance of Red Riding Hood. Ref exe 05-16TI 0395. Picture: Terry Ife

Colaton Raleigh Players production of Red Riding Hood

Read more
The new bridge in Barnstaple. Pic: Tony Howells

The Taw Bridge in Barnstaple has closed to all vehicles as wind speeds reach 70mph.

Read more

The closure is due to dangerous guttering which needs attending to.

Read more
11:40
East Devon District Council Chief Executive Mark Williams.

East Devon District Council’s top officer has drawn criticism for a comment he made about Sidmouth at a meeting on the authority’s development blueprint.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 6°C

min temp: 2°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Place a family notice

Family Notices 24

Find a job in Devon



Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

FFind planning applications