Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Baby friendly hospitals should lose UNICEF certificate

Over the past few years, none of 30 Slovak hospitals with the certificate have asked to be inspected by UNICEF.

(Source: TASR)

Thirty Slovak maternity hospitals pride themselves on having the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) certificate, even though they should not have it at all, Sme daily reported.

Over the past few years, none of these Slovak hospitals have asked to be inspected for compliance with the conditions for obtaining the certificate. This means that they are not justified to use it, according to the issuer, UNICEF.

Prečítajte si tiež: Prečítajte si tiež:Opposition hints at health care privatisation

The BFHI initiative has ten basic guidelines, including one that requires a hospital to ensure that mothers have access to their babies and support in breastfeeding as much as possible. Nevertheless, mothers approached by the daily have had the opposite experience.

These Slovak BFHI hospitals are violating their own rules: According to women who have experience of such hospitals, instead of enabling contact they separate mothers from their babies and give the babies supplementary milk without informing the mothers.

Top stories

Šumiac breaks sweat record: first sauna to be revived

The sauna built in Šumiac by miller Michal Demo after returning from Russian captivity was the first one not just in Slovakia but in the entire former Czechoslovakia. Now it can be saved and re-used.

The construction of first Slovak sauna in Šumiac

Foreigners: Top 10 events in Bratislava Video

Tips for the top 10 events in the capital between August 18 and August 27, as well as regular services in different languages, training for foreigners in English and highlights of the year.

Pivobrana - Beer Festival

Have you ever climbed a via ferrata? Photo

In central Slovakia, there is one also suitable for beginners. Here are some of the views it offers.

Agrokomplex opens its gates Photo

This year’s exhibition has more discussions with experts and a family programme.