Staff in the Special Care Baby Unit at the Princess of Wales Hospital were presented with their certificate yesterday after becoming the first in Wales to be awarded Stage 3 Baby Friendly Initiative accreditation from UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) and the World Health Organisation in July.

The award recognises the team’s efforts to work in partnership with parents and families to develop close relationships with their babies during their stay in the Special Care Baby Unit.

Tanya Nasir, Ward Manager at the unit said: “We are thrilled to be awarded the stage 3 BFI accreditation. It’s a privilege to work with such dedicated and committed staff and a huge thank you goes to all who have worked tirelessly to continually achieve and deliver our Baby Friendly Initiatives.

“This is an exciting time for our Unit and, as we humbly accept this award on behalf of everyone involved, we will continue to strive for excellence and plant seeds for the future. Thank you so much”.

Anne Woods, Deputy Programme Director, UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative said: “The Unit at the Princess of Wales Hospital have achieved the prestigious UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative Award.

“The tremendous work was carried out over several months and this unit is the first in Wales to achieve stage three.

“Their Journey has been exceptional, starting with being awarded the much coveted Burdett grant which provided educational and financial support towards the process, one of only six units to receive this out of the almost 70 who applied”.

Princess of Wales Hospital, Special Care Baby Unit are the first in Wales to achieve stage 3 Baby Friendly Initiative accreditation