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Implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative Steps in Iowa Hospitals
Article first published online: 2 OCT 2012
© 2012 AWHONN, the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses
Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing
Volume 41, Issue 6, pages 717–727, November/December 2012
How to Cite
Lillehoj, C. J. and Dobson, B. L. (2012), Implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative Steps in Iowa Hospitals. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 41: 717–727. doi: 10.1111/j.1552-6909.2012.01411.x
- Issue published online: 26 NOV 2012
- Article first published online: 2 OCT 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: JUN 2012
- organization policy;
- postpartum care;
To determine the status of each of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) Ten Steps and associated policies in Iowa hospitals.
Exploratory, descriptive study using the World Health Organization BFHI self-assessment survey.
Iowa hospitals with maternity services.
Fifty-three Iowa hospital administrators.
Hospitals were classified by level of implementation of each of the Ten Steps and related criteria.
The majority of the hospitals were implementing at least three of the Ten Steps. The most widely adopted policy, encouraging breastfeeding on demand, was implemented by 83% of the hospitals. None of the hospitals had implemented all six criteria included in Step One. Step One describes a written breastfeeding policy routinely communicated to all healthcare staff.
Implementation of the steps varied by hospital locale; urban hospitals had higher implementation rates for Step 10 than rural hospitals. Areas identified as needing the greatest attention by hospitals were posting of breastfeeding policy, evaluation, and providing education to all mothers.