University support for new mothers recognised by Unicef

Posted by rmt22 at Oct 16, 2019 01:45 PM |
Our Midwifery courses have taken another step towards full accreditation with a Certificate of Commitment from Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative.

This award comes as we launch an Infant Feeding Café, a drop-in clinic open to the public, providing free support to new mothers. The Infant Feeding Café will run on the third Wednesday of each month in the George Davies Centre, from 1pm to 3pm. In attendance will be an infant feeding lecturer, an NHS Trust Midwife, a peer supporter and a student midwife to offer infant feeding advice and support to local postnatal women.

The Certificate of Commitment was presented by Professor Philip Baker and Professor Jayne Marshall today. The Certificate is the first step towards gaining international recognition from the Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative and begins our quest to achieve full accreditation for the MSci Midwifery programme.

The Baby Friendly Initiative, set up by Unicef and the World Health Organisation, aims to provide practical ways for health services to improve care for mothers and babies. It works with UK health professionals, including those in universities, to ensure that mothers and babies have the best support to enable them to breastfeed successfully. The Certificate of Commitment recognises that we are dedicated to implementing best practice standards within our curricula.

Professor Jayne Marshall said:

"We decided to join forces with the Baby Friendly Initiative to increase breastfeeding rates and to improve care for all mothers as we develop our new provision of a four year undergraduate Master in Science Midwifery with Leadership programme at the University of Leicester.

"Breastfeeding protects babies against a wide range of serious illnesses including gastroenteritis and respiratory infections in infancy as well as cardiovascular disease, asthma and diabetes later in life. We also know that breastfeeding reduces the mother’s risk of some cancers – although mothers might be more interested in hearing that it’s easier, cheaper and simply less hassle than bottle feeding.

“We also set out to ensure that all mothers and babies are supported to form a strong loving relationship – whatever their choice of feeding method – as this is the best start for every baby.”

Baby Friendly Initiative Programme Director Sue Ashmore said:

"We are delighted that the University of Leicester has received this award. Surveys show us that most mothers want to breastfeed, but don’t always get the support they need. Mothers within Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland have the satisfaction of knowing that their student midwives are educated and trained to provide the highest standard of care.”

Details of upcoming Infant Feeding Cafés can be found here.

Photo credit to Paul Smith (@mainlymono Twitter)

Photograph credit to Paul Smith (@mainlymono on Twitter)

Our Midwifery courses have taken another step towards full accreditation with a Certificate of Commitment from Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative.

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