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Queen Rania of Jordan opens Baby Friendly hospital

09/04/2007 at 11:11 AM ET

Queen Rania of Jordan, 37, opened a new, Baby Friendly Hospital in Sahab on last Wednesday. It is an initiative, implemented in 171 countries where a hospital reaches specific standards related to the 10 Steps for Successful Breastfeeding. Research has shown that breastfeeding newborns within an hour after birth reduces infant neo-natal mortality rate by 22 per cent, a process very important in the 10 Steps programme. Queen Rania commented on breastfeeding, saying,

There is nothing more natural, nothing more instinctive, and nothing more effective than breast-feeding. Protecting her baby is a mother’s first instinct and a mother’s milk is the most powerful vaccine there is against infectious and non-infectious disease. That is why I am proud of UNICEF’s efforts to raise awareness about the benefits of breastfeeding.

This is the sixth Baby Friendly Hospital opened in Jordan. Queen Rania and King Abdullah II of Jordan, 45, are parents to Prince Hussein, 13, Princess Iman, 11 this month, Princess Salma, 7 this month, and Prince Hashem, 2 1/2.

Source: unicef.org

Thanks to CBB reader Heather.

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Shmoo on

I think it’s interesting that in Jordan, hospitals are successfull in acheiving Baby Friendly accreditation. I am a nurse in Canada who has sat on Baby Friendly Initiative Working Groups and I became very frustrated with the lack of progress. It was disheartening to not receive support for the initiate from maternity nurses. Change is difficult for humans sometimes, I understand that, but it is our responsibility in the health care field to advocate for all, including babies. I think that many nurses are very concerned that they not sound judgemental of mothers choices. I agree with that to a point. However, setting women up for successful breastfeeding is not synonimous with being unsupportive of other mothers. Many women would like to breatfeed, but do not have the information or supportive environment to be successful. The Baby Friendly Initiative addresses this gap.

Susie on

Wow, she really is an amazing woman and great role model. Now, this is impressive that she has chosen to do this and many other beneficial projects with the money and celebrity that she has been given. Love her!

Heather on

Yay! I wasn’t sure you’d post the story or not but I’m really glad you did!
I love your site and as a political science major, international events that tie in working with babies and children as well as international leaders makes my day!!
And it doesn’t hurt that I love following the work Queen Rania does :)

Beccalovesbabies on

Gosh, I think Queen Rania is just fantastic. It’s very “non-PC” (but bold and correct) of her to make those comments.

I admire her so much. And isn’t she just one of the most beautiful women on the face of the earth?!?!!!!!!

Megan on

I love Rania! The Jordanian royal family is amazing. I miss living in Umm Sehoum, Jordan is so beautiful.

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