The Guidelines & Evaluation Criteria
The Guidelines and Evaluation Criteria are the most important tool to guide the work of hospitals through the Baby-Friendly designation process.Baby-Friendly USA released updated “Guidelines and Evaluation Criteria for Facilities Seeking Baby-Friendly Designation” (2016 Revision). As indicated by the title, it includes both the Guidelines facilities would need to follow to achieve full Baby-Friendly status and Evaluation Criteria that clearly spell out the minimum standards that a facility must achieve in order to become Baby-Friendly designated. ·
- GUIDELINES: These represent the standard of care that facilities should strive to achieve for all patients.
- EVALUATION CRITERIA:
These represent the minimum standard that a facility must achieve in order
to become Baby-Friendly designated.
Click here to download the 2016 edition.
Click here for a summary of the changes.
Baby-Friendly USA has prepared and published dates for implementation the revised Guidelines and Criteria, to provide clarity and amply time for facilities to comply:
- Designated facilities: All designated facilities must come into compliance with the new GEC by October 31, 2018
- Facilities seeking designation: All facilities with on-site assessments taking place after Oct 31, 2018 will be assessed using the 2016 edition