DDH supports Mother-Baby Friendly Hospital Initiatives
DDH staff is your BREASTFRIEND!
The above expression entails that Davao Doctors Hospital is strongly advocating the thrust of the Department of Health (DOH) in promoting the benefits of breastfeeding the infants from 0-6 months up to 2 years and beyond. Though this is also part of the Mother-Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (MBFHI) Program of the Department of Health which was launched in 1992 pursuant to Republic Act 7600 otherwise known as the “Rooming-In and Breastfeeding Act of 1992”.
Accordingly, all health facilities, both government and private, offering maternity and newborn care services must undergo assessment and subsequently be accredited as Mother-Baby Friendly by implementing the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding which was a nationally adopted UNICEF/WHO Global Criteria.
However, MBFHI implementation weakened due to several factors. In 2006, a retrospective study was conducted by the University of the Philippines (UP) on the MBFHI experience in 15 Regions covering 98 government and private hospitals. The study revealed poor compliance to the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding. As a result, Administrative order 2007-0026 was issued in 2007 to revitalize MBFHI indicating that previously certified hospitals would be reassessed and eventually issued with Certificate of Commitment, which will be a requirement for the DOH and PhilHealth accreditation.
Moreover, DDH acknowledged that breastfeeding is the healthiest way for a woman to feed her baby since short and long term health benefits are now known to exist for both the mother and her child. As such, to support the advocacy Breastfeeding and Rooming-in practices, the hospital thru the initiative of Lactation Management Committee under the chairmanship of Dr. Ameleen Bangayan and the Nursing Training and Development Office is conducting Lactation Management Training Program and Lactation Management Orientation Program.
The training program is a 20-hour course for all nursing and medical staff involved in the care of mothers and children which is inclusive of the didactics and 3-hour practicum. Whereas the orientation program is a 2-hour among the aims to increase the level of awareness among personnel of the hospital regarding the advantages of breastfeeding, RA 7600, and the MBFHI program.
In general, though all parents have the right to make fully informed choice as to how they feed and care for their babies; DDH believes that the provision of clear and impartial information to all parents at an appropriate time is therefore essential.