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UNICEF praise for maternity team at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow



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The maternity team at Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust (PAHT) has been reaccredited by UNICEF's (United Nations Children's Fund) 'Baby Friendly' initiative.

The Harlow medics received the award following a rigorous assessment in December. The scrutineers concluded: "The staff at the Princess Alexandra Hospital are highly commended for their hard work over the last three years in continuing to support mothers.

"Baby Friendly training has been maintained during the pandemic, which is reflected in the excellent results in staff knowledge and skills.

Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow. Picture: Vikki Lince
Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow. Picture: Vikki Lince

"It was evident in the feedback from mothers that a high percentage of mothers are very happy with the care and valued the kindness and consideration shown to them by the staff, and many mothers spoke positively about the maternity service."

The UNICEF initiative supports families with feeding and developing close, loving relationships, ensuring babies get the best possible start in life. The evidence-based accreditation programme supports services by training and setting standards.

Giuseppe Labriola, director of midwifery at PAHT, said: "It is such an achievement for the team to be reaccredited – well done to all.

Giuseppe Labriola, director of midwifery at PAHT
Giuseppe Labriola, director of midwifery at PAHT

"UNICEF commended the commitment of the whole maternity team undertaking this reassessment, despite the challenges presented by the pandemic."

Sharon McNally, director of nursing, midwifery and allied health professionals at PAHT, added: "I am extremely proud to see the maternity team recognised for their dedication. This is testament to our focus on providing high-quality care that is responsive to the needs of women, pregnant people and their families."

The team is continuing to work towards further improvements identified during the assessment, including ensuring that women are encouraged to express milk if their baby is admitted to the neonatal unit, increasing women's knowledge of responsive breastfeeding and discussing the importance of having caring and loving relationships with their babies.



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