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Harrow Health Visiting Team successfully reaccreditated by the Baby Friendly Initiative

11 September 2019

Harrow Health Visiting Service, part of the Harrow 0-19 service has recently passed its re accreditation assessment visit by the Baby Friendly Initiative. 

The assessment included three stages and all three stages were passed.

Harrow Health Visiting Team with certificate and award

The Baby Friendly Standards are based on the support families receive with feeding their babies and transitioning to parenthood.

Assessors highlighted the hard work of the Health Visiting Team and the high standard of care mothers in Harrow receive.

Part of the assessment read: 'Staff acknowledge about close and loving relationships and mothers being supported to bond with their baby in a nurturing responsive way. Staff were also very skilled at supporting mothers with breastfeeding challenges, acknowledging that while breastfeeding is important it is often difficult to establish'.

One mother said: "It was all really helpful and supportive. She came for extra visits at the beginning as I was struggling with breastfeeding".

Another mother echoed  the feelings of others when she said: "I really appreciated my Health Visitor. She had such a good attitude, very upbeat and positive. Also very kind. Which is just what you need when you’ve had a baby".

Ruth Davis,  Clinical Service Lead for Harrow 0-19 Service  is very fortunate to have a team of dedicated Health Visitors and Nursery Nurses.

She said: "They understand the importance of providing families with expert advice in regard to feeling and transition to parenthood. We are also very fortunate to have a team of peer supporters who work alongside the Health Visitors to provide support to families who Julie (Infant Feeding Lead) coordinates."

Peer supporters work alongside the Health Visitors to provide support to families