Unicef UK and World Health Organisation’s Baby Friendly Certificate of Commitment awarded to the School of Midwifery

Dean Andy Kent with Head of School of Midwifery Jayne Marshall

Dean Andy Kent presenting the Certificate of Commitment to Head of School of Midwifery Dr Jayne Marshall

The Baby Friendly Initiative, set up by Unicef UK and the World Health Organisation, is a global programme which provides a practical and effective way for health services to improve the care provided for all mothers and babies.

“We decided to work with the Baby Friendly Initiative to ensure a high standard of training in breastfeeding for all student midwives graduating from our midwifery programmes,” said Dr Jayne Marshall, Head of School of Midwifery and Lead Midwife for Education at Kingston. We know that many women give up breastfeeding before they want to because of difficulties which could have been prevented if skilled help had been on hand. By ensuring that our students are fully trained in how to help a mother breastfeed her child, more women will be able to breastfeed their babies for longer.”

“We are delighted that Kingston and St George’s has received this award,” said Baby Friendly Initiative Programme Director Sue Ashmore. “Surveys show us that most mothers want to breastfeed but don’t always get the support they need. Working towards full Baby Friendly Accreditation means that the Joint Faculty of Kingston University and St George’s, University of London is addressing this problem and aiming to ensure more mothers can successfully breastfeed their babies in future.”