Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative: an evaluation of a quality certificate within the maternity care context

Kathleen Biesmans

Karel de Grote University College

Kathleen graduated in 2008 as a midwife and started working in a regional hospital in Belgium. She continued studying and in 2010 she received her master degree in Nursing and Midwifery. At the moment Kathleen is a lecturer and researcher at the Karel de Grote University College. She is responsible for the evidence based courses in the bachelor education and she is also the contact person for international affairs. She already finished two research projects: one about postnatal weight retention and one about the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative. At the moment she just started a project about postnatal needs.


BACKGROUND: To date, it has never been evaluated whether the way mothers perceive the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) matches the theoretical model. Furthermore, literature is not clear about the added value of... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Kathleen Biesmans (Karel de Grote University College)
  2. Eva Eelen (GasthuisZusters Antwerpen)
  3. Erik Franck (Karel de Grote University College and University of Antwerp)

Topic Area

Maternity care and women's health


OS-3D » OS-3Midwifery (14:40 - Monday, 30th March, seminar room 5)

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