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UNICEF accolade for ACE children’s service


Anglian Community Enterprise (ACE) has become the first community healthcare provider in the county to achieve full Baby Friendly Accreditation by UNICEF, the world's leading organisation for children.

The UK Baby Friendly Initiative is based on a global accreditation programme of UNICEF and the World Health Organization

It is designed to support breastfeeding and parent infant relationships by working with public services to improve standards of care. It aims to ensure that all parents make informed decisions about feeding their babies and are supported in their chosen feeding method.

Hayley Hill, Infant Feeding Lead at ACE, said:

“We are delighted ACE Children’s Services team have achieved full Baby Friendly Accreditation. Our aim is to maintain this accreditation with our reassessment in 2018 and develop our work to hopefully achieve Gold Award status in the future.

“We know that most mothers want to breastfeed but don’t always get the support they need to do so successfully. Mothers in North East Essex have the satisfaction of knowing their Health Visitors and Midwives are aiming to provide the highest standard of care.

“This accomplishment is another example of how the ACE Children’s Community Services team are continually striving for excellence and are committed to their clients. By taking steps to ensure child health at the first stages of life we reduce the number of health complications and conditions that require management in future years.”

Breastfeeding protects babies against a wide range of illnesses including gastroenteritis and respiratory infections in infancy as well as allergies and diabetes in childhood, there are benefits for mothers too including reduced risk of developing osteoporosis, breast and ovarian cancer.

Expectant mothers in North East Essex now have the opportunity to meet their health visitor in the antenatal period from 28 weeks and all are invited with their partner/mother/friend to attend a ‘Preparing for Baby’ workshop, which discusses the reality of becoming a new parent, infant feeding, value of breastfeeding, the importance of skin-to-skin contact, rooming-in together with their baby and close and loving relationships.

PHOTO CAPTION: Left to right: Jacky Syme (National Infant Feeding Network Regional Coordinator), Hayley Hill (ACE Infant Feeding Lead) and Sue Ashmore (Director of Unicef Baby Friendly Initiative).