The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative
Monitoring and reassessment: tools to sustain progress
With the steady increase of hospitals worldwide that have been designated "baby-friendly", health authorities in many countries have expressed a need for monitoring and reassessment tools that will help them build on progress achieved through the Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI). This binder has been designed with this objective in mind.
The binder is divided into four parts:
- A guide for monitoring and reassessing baby-friendly hospitals
- A monitoring tool
- A reassessment tool
- A computerized reporting system for BFHI monitoring
The tools are designed to foster involvement of both hospital management and staff in identifying and solving problems, and in implementing the Ten Steps to successful breastfeeding. Their application should contribute to the Initiative's long-term credibility and sustainability.