The rapid spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 has turned our world upside down, to say the least. How does it affect the work you are currently doing toward the Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative?
Here is a link to an excellent article from the U.S. based Center for Disease Control https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/inpatient-obstetric-healthcare-guidance.html
"Since maternity and newborn care units vary in physical configuration, each facility should consider their appropriate space and staffing needs to prevent transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19. These considerations include appropriate isolation of pregnant patients who have confirmed COVID-19 or are PUIs; basic and refresher training for all healthcare personnel on those units to include correct adherence to infection control practices and personal protective equipment (PPE) use and handling; sufficient and appropriate PPE supplies positioned at all points of care; and processes to protect newborns from the risk of COVID-19,".
This resource could prove helpful in your preparations for the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.
Please stay safe and healthy.
Kathy Parkes, MSN-Ed, RN, IBCLC, FILCA CHC
Professional Development Educator
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