Kingaroy Hospital takes steps towards being 'baby-friendly'
KINGAROY Hospital has already started taking steps towards becoming accredited as a 'baby-friendly' hospital.
This is according to Darling Downs Health Director of Medical Services South Burnett Dr Isaac Hohaia.
The accreditation is an internationally recognised imitative by the World Health Organisation and UNCIF to ensure new mums have the support and education they need.
"We have begun looking at how to become an accredited baby-friendly hospital, and what steps we need to take to reach this status," he said.
"We are excited to take this opportunity to meet the needs of our community as we feel it is important to support all mums in their choice of feeding."
The health service recently held a community engagement forum about maternity services at the Kingaroy Hospital.
"At this forum, it became clear it was important to our community members for Kingaroy to become a baby-friendly hospital," Dr Hohaia said.
This message was re-enforced when 236 people signed an online petition for the hospital to become recognised as a baby-friendly facility.
All maternity services across the Darling Downs Health currently follow state-wide guidelines for maternity and neonatal care.
"The health, support and well-being of mums and their babies at Kingaroy Hospital is very important to Darling Downs Health," he said.
"Currently Kingaroy Hospital supports mums through a range of initiatives which includes extended midwifery home visits and drop in newborn clinics."
The hospital also works closely with the South Burnett Australian Breastfeeding Association group to offer best practice advice to mums.
"It is important our mums feel supported in achieving their individual goals," Dr Hohaia said.
"As we work towards achieving this accredited status, we will continue to provide mums and their babies patient centred care."
Dr Hohaia said the completion of the Kingaroy Hospital redevelopment is on track to be completed in the second half of 2021.