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Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative

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English: Web site


The Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) was launched by WHO and UNICEF in 1991, following the Innocenti Declaration of 1990. The initiative is a global effort for improving the role of maternity services to enable mothers to breastfeed babies for the best start in life. It aims at improving the care of pregnant women, mothers and newborns at health facilities that provide maternity services for protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding. Different tools and materials were developed and provided for implementation of the BFHI, including an 18-hour course, a self-appraisal tool, and an external assessment tool.

Publisher: World Health Organization
Language: English
Format: Web site
Region: Global
Audiences: Community Health Workers/Volunteer Caregivers, Counselors, Doctors/Physicians, Midwives/Traditional Birth Attendants, Nurses, Program Managers, Trainers
Literacy level: Medium
Topic Areas: General Care during Pregnancy, Labor, & Delivery, Infant Feeding
Resource Type: Program Best Practices