Child and Maternal Health
Glasgow maternity hospital achieves UNICEF accreditation
The neonatal unit at Princess Royal Maternity Hospital (PRMH) in Glasgow is the first in Scotland to achieve UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative accreditation.
The maternity hospital received the status for their high quality care of vulnerable babies and their families, encouraging parents to become the primary carer.
Staff at the hospital work closely with parents to encourage breastfeeding as soon as possible.
The benefits of breastfeeding premature babies and how it can assist in their development is also discussed.
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Neonatal Infant Feeding Advisor, Gillian Bowker, said: “It’s a wonderful achievement to be the country’s first neonatal unit to be recognised by UNICEF in this way.
“Each year in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, around one in 10 babies are admitted to neonatal units, having been born sick or premature. Around 600 are cared for at the Princess Royal Maternity Alone.
Parents at the maternity unit receive 24-hour access to their premature or sick babies, making them primary carers while clinical specialists support them.
“Staff continue to deliver specialised care to the children, however we now put the parents at the centre of care for their child which is hugely beneficial to the whole family. The benefits of this early closeness goes way beyond a baby’s stay on the neonatal unit.
“Our aim is to have a culture which supports parents to be primary care givers and nurture them in their role as parents within the neonatal unit. We have had great feedback from families saying they feel much more confident caring for their baby both in the neonatal unit and when discharged home.
“This culture change has been embraced by every member of the team,” Gillian Bowker added.
The Princess Royal Maternity Hospital is the fifth maternity care provider in the UK to achieve the UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative accreditation.
More information about the accreditation can be found here.