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A new person just came on board at the clinical side of the hospital I work at who has a very similar AP ajenda as myself. She expressed intrest on tyring to make the hospital a WHO/baby friendly hospital. I'm all for it. But how do you become a WHO friendly hospital anyway? what does it entail besides getting rid of the formula goody bags and encouraging breastfeeding? She mentioed that there was funding available as well. If I can find funding, they will convert, lol :LOL
 

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Here are the guidelines. No idea on finding funding though, sorry.<br><br><a href="http://www.babyfriendlyusa.org/eng/index.html" target="_blank">http://www.babyfriendlyusa.org/eng/index.html</a>
 

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What a great project to take on!! Evergreen Hospital in Kirkland WA, where I had my son, is a "baby-friendly" hospital. It was a great place, I hope we start seeing a lot more hospitals heading in that direction.<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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I sit on the Breastfeeding Committee for Canada, which adminsters and accredits for the BFI in Canada.<br><a href="http://www.breastfeedingcanada.ca/html/contents.html" target="_blank">http://www.breastfeedingcanada.ca/html/contents.html</a><br>
I also sit on our provincial Committee with it persuing the BFI for our provinces facilities.<br><br>
This will take some time. Remember, BFI is more about the process, than the actual designation. That is, it is the process of getting the staff educated, writing your policies, winning over adminstration to undertake BFI, getting rid of the formula gift bags and free formula contracts with the manufacturers, setting up support groups - that is important. These are the action that will *truly* make your hospital "baby-friendly". After all that is done, then you ask for an assessment team to come, and you try for your designation. Being able to officially call yourself BFI is just the icing on the cake.<br><br>
I would think this process will take several years, even if you get the adminstration on side right away. Then you get reassessed every 5 years.<br><br>
As far as I know, there is no special funding for this. In Canada, the hospital has to pay a fee to have the assessment team come to do the assessment, since BFI is not federally funded.<br><br>
Janice
 
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