An increasing number of universities are now seeing the benefits of achieving UNICEF Baby Friendly accreditation for their midwifery or health visitor/public health nurse programmes:
- It helps to raise the profile of universities, both with the Trusts who commission their services and with students deciding where to apply.
- Both Acute and Primary Care Trusts clearly benefit from having students on placements who have been through a Baby Friendly accredited training programme since they will learn and practice more effectively in their practical placements.
- The processes required to ensure successful accreditation assist with the development of good links with the practice placement areas, and in particular with the training and development of practice mentors.
- Raising the profile of infant feeding enables it to be given a strong focus within the programme. Greater clarity regarding the issues which need to be addressed emerge and for those involved with student midwife education, implementing the Baby Friendly learning outcomes will assist with meeting the NMC skills clusters requirements.
- For lecturers, the opportunity to focus on infant feeding and assess and address any learning needs enhances confidence and focus.
- And for the students, their confidence in supporting mothers increases as does their employability as Trusts recognise the benefit of engaging staff who do not need further infant feeding training.
Click here to view the progress of UK universities towards Baby Friendly accreditation.
Read what lecturers have said about going Baby Friendly.