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National Women’s Health is an Accredited Baby Friendly Hospital (BFH) which means we have adopted the 10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding and support and uphold the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes now called THE CODE.
We need to maintain an exclusive breastfeeding rate on discharge of 75% to be a BFHI Accredited hospital.
We promote, protect and support breastfeeding as well as supporting the non-breastfeeding mother.
For new staff, the initial BFHI education requirement is 21 hours, including Māori breastfeeding education (1 hour).
During your orientation period you will have some orientation time and education with the team as well as clinical time on the wards when you start. The hours for orientation/clinical time will add to your overall education total. All new staff will receive an orientation to the lactation service regardless of where you start work e.g.WAU, Labour & Birthing Suite or in the Community.
The initial 21 hours of education will include:
The supervised one-on-one clinical tuition includes: on the ward in your orientation period
We offer two study days of 8 hours- Breastfeeding Study Day 1 and 2, or paid by you online education with Step 2 ESO1.
Compulsory Ongoing BFHI Education of 4 hours annually offered at Breastfeeding Update. We run 10 sessions per year.
On-going breastfeeding education for level three specialist staff will equate to:
Evidence of your education hours will be recorded on the BFHI data base and certificates will be issued to you for your portfolio of education we provide. Please keep your certificates as you may be asked to produce evidence of your education hours when we go through our BFHI Accreditation Audit.