Although these evaluation criteria apply to all facilities, those facilities who do not provide prenatal clinics and services "will report that the facility has fostered the development of or coordinated services with one or more of the following programs: in-house breastfeeding education, childbirth education, hospital preregistration visits, hospital tours, and in-patient services," ¹.
For facilities without breastfeeding services or clinics, there must be a written description of “community-based programs and projects the facility has fostered,” ¹. Who have you worked with in your community to foster breastfeeding-based relationships? Although Step 10 covers this issue in much greater detail, here are some suggestions of programs, groups, and activities with whom you might want a good working relationship:
Are there other locations, programs, or organizations with whom you’ve been able to create great working relationships? Or other suggestions you’d make to fulfil these criteria on the pathway to BFHI designation?
Kathy Parkes, MSN-Ed, RN, IBCLC, FILCA CHC
Professional Development Educator
1. Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. (2020). The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative. Interim Guidelines and Evaluation Criteria for Facilities Seeking and Sustaining Baby Friendly Designation. https://www.babyfriendlyusa.org/news/bfusa-releases-interim-guidelines-and-evaluation-criteria/
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